Group task government on Water provision

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The Executive Director, African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD), Dr. Otive Igbuzor has cautioned the Federal Government on Water Privatization which tends to be inaccessible and costly especially to the low income earners in the country.
Speaking today in Abuja at the National Summit on the Human Right to Water, Dr. Igbuzor noted that people especially the poorest do not have access to clean water which has however given rise to global water crisis in which 844 million people have no access to safe water and 2.3 billion people are living without access to improved sanitation with a blooming population, he however affirm that if the present trend continues, there could be a 40% gap between water supply and demand by 2030 and by 2040, there will not be enough water to quench the thirst of the world population.
He further said that based on the foregoing, the Federal Government should not privatize the water sector as it neither  benefit the government nor the people but owners of private companies, he however advised the government to manage the private sectors and increase the budgetary allocation especially on water.
“  To sell government owned enterprises to private individuals in most cases at give-away prices is eternally bad,  privatization is not good such that it is now being extended to water and as of now over 50 million Nigerians who are poor do not have access to good water and if you privatize water you are concerning these people to death sentence”.
Similarly, Dr. Igbuzor said that no private sector goes into business except they want to make profit in which the profit motive will increase the price thus reducing access to the poorest of the poor, “ government should increase budgetary allocation and ensure accountability, the percentage that is allocated to water, health, education and infrastructure is abysmally low”.
The Chair, Board of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) Mr.Nnimmo Bassey while speaking on the Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Commission Bill noted that the Bill tilt heavily towards experimenting with privatization and does not see water as a human right and it lacks public input and it is not surprising that it is stagnating in the legislative chambers.
He however suggested a continued building grassroots political power to resist the privatization of water, consciously building a national water justice movement and strengthening women voices which the African Women Water Sanitation and Hygiene Network has ignited.

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