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Over 8 million Lagos residents lack access to potable water- CAPPA 

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The Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) has declared that over 8 million Lagos residents currently lack access to clean drinking water.  

CAPPA stated this during the ‘Our Water Our Right Coalition’s’ press conference marking World Water Day 2024 themed ‘Water for Peace.’ According to the organization, this was despite the State’s reputation as a megacity. 

CAPPA spotlighted the persistent issue of water access across Africa, highlighting Nigeria’s struggle to provide safe drinking water to its citizens. 

While noting that the issue of water scarcity is a general challenge in Africa, the Executive Director of CAPPA, Akinbode Oluwafemi, said: 

Olwafemi added that the problem of water scarcity in Lagos is exacerbated by the state’s frequent glorification of profit-driven partnership models as supposed solutions, despite ample global evidence illustrating the shortcomings of privatising water supply and infrastructure.  

CAPPA strongly opposes privatisation efforts in the water sector in Lagos state, citing examples from around the world where privatisation has led to decreased access and supply, including in the USA, Chile, and France.  

He noted that the recent termination of a two-decade-long partnership with Veolia in Niger Republic serves as a cautionary tale against privatisation, highlighting the persistence of low access to drinking water despite private involvement. 

CAPPA proposes several recommendations to address the water crisis in Nigeria, including increased investment in public water infrastructure, regulatory oversight, and protection of water sector workers.  

They also call for a participatory approach to water governance, prioritising the voices and needs of local communities in decision-making processes. 

According to the body, states should abandon any ongoing or plans to privatise water services because public-private partnerships offer no real solutions to water challenges. 

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