Nigeria: NGO says World Bank's public-private partnerships denying the poor access to water

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria has criticised as "toxic", the World Bank's International Finance Corporation led public-private partnerships which it says is promoting the privatisation of water in Nigeria and across the world. This is at a time when a United States congressional representative Gwen Moore, in a letter sent to the World Bank's president accuses the IFC of conflict of interest for its equity stake in companies promoting the privatisation of water in a number of countries in the world.

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12 April 2016

NGO asks Lagos state governor to publicly shun the public private partnership water scheme promoted by the World Bank.

Author: TheCable

"Ambode asked to reject ‘toxic’ water scheme", 13 Apr 2016

The Environmental Rights Organisation/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has asked...Lagos state governor, to publicly shun the public private partnership (PPP) water scheme “promoted” by the World Bank. In a statement...[the organization], described the world bank’s privatisation initiative around the world as “toxic” and said access to water, a free gift of nature, is a human right and should not be made unaffordable to the larger “segment of society” that cannot pay water...ERA/FoEN’s call is coming at a time when Gwen Moore, a United States representative, issued a public letter to the World Bank questioning its role in the privatisation scheme and asking it to stop funding and promoting “water privatization pending an independent review and congressional hearings on conflicts of interest created by its investments in water privatizers”.

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12 April 2016

US lawmaker condemns World Bank’s role in Lagos water privatization

Author: Ben Ezeamalu, Premium Times (Nigeria)

"Lagos Water Privatization: US lawmaker condemns World Bank’s role", 13 Apr 2016

A United States lawmaker [Gwen Moore] has raised concerns over the World Bank’s role in funding and promoting water privatization across‎ the world...[I]n a letter to the World Bank President,...[Moore], stated that the Bank’s lending arm, the International Finance Corporation, had not adequately monitored the conflicts of interest created when it takes equity stake in water corporations...[Recently], dozens of women marched around Lagos protesting a purported plan by the state government to privatize the public water works...In 2014, a Nigerian environment advocacy group, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) launched a campaign ‘Our Water, Our Right,’ aimed at halting the Lagos State government’s planned privatization of water infrastructure...

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