Lagos Speaker, Obasa, promises to end controversy in water sector


The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Mudashiru Obasa, has promised to look into the petition filed by members of the labour union and civil societies against the plan to privatize the water sector in the state.

According to the Nation, the Speaker gave the assurance when members of the labour union and civil societies thronged the legislative house at Alausa, Ikeja, to protest against the plan to privatize the water sector in the state.

The petitioners, led by Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth International,

Executive Director, Akinbode Oluwafemi said: “We urge the Speaker and the entire members of the House to be on the side of the people rather than being with promoters of privatization who put profit before the right to water which is upheld as a human right by the United Nations. We reject all forms of water privatization and commodification. We want all water sector laws that promote PPP revised and want adequate budgetary allocations to the water sector.

Speaking through his representive, Hon Segun Olalude who was accompanied by the Minority Leader, Hon Akeem Bello, the Speaker said: “We have received your petition, though, we are on recess, I am assuring you that this petition will receive urgent and positive attention.

“I also want to assure you that the House will forever stand with the people as you pain is our pain. Every matter raised in this petition will be looked into. You have elected democrats and you have no fear on any of our positions because they will always be your position.”

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