Nigeria’s Water Emergency: From Resistance to Real Solutions Against Corporate Control

29th - 30th January, 2019 in Abuja

About the Water Summit

The summit, organised by the Our Water, Our Right campaign has theme – Nigeria’s Water Emergency: From Resistance to Real Solutions Against Corporate Control and will draw participants from across the globe who are united in opposition to water privatization in all its forms and proffer public sector solutions.
From 29th-30th January 2019, civil society organisations, labour unions, government officials, and grassroots movements from across the globe dedicated to upholding the human right to water will converge on Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital for a summit on the human right to water.

The Abuja Summit follows the precedent-setting “Our Water, Our Right” summit held in Lagos in 2015, which stoked the successes of the Lagos campaign which has largely derailed a World Bank-backed water privatization scheme which threatens the human right to water in Nigeria’s most populous city. Summit-attendees will leave the Abuja water summit with a cohesive call for strong public water systems that benefit many, not only the few.

The summit will:

  • Examine existing water policies and government actions that infringe on the right to water
  • Interrogate water privatization in all its ramifications and the implication on communities.
  • Identify new allies and build power with the Nigerian government to initiate a process for enshrining water as a human right in the Nigerian constitution. Similar laws will be advocated for countries across the African continent
  • Strengthen the solidarity between civil society groups, labour unions, activists, policy makers and the media to resist privatisation in the water sector and reinvigoration an Africa Coalition Against Water Privatisation
  • Advance real solutions to lack of access to water within the realm of public-public partnerships.

Speakers

Who’s Speaking at the Water Summit?
Satoko Kishimoto

Satoko Kishimoto

Researcher at the Transnational Institute (TNI)

Satoko Kishimoto is the programme coordinator, Public Alternatives at the Transnational Institute (TNI). She was active in the youth environmental (...)

Shayda Edwards Naficy

Shayda Edwards Naficy

Director, International Water Campaign, Corporate Accountability International

Shayda Edwards Naficy started her sojourn in advocacy in Ecuador where she worked at the Indian Law Resource Center with (...)

Dr. Otive Igbuzor

Dr. Otive Igbuzor

Executive Director, African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development

Dr Otive Igbuzor is a human rights activist, policy analyst, development expert and social entrepreneur. He is the founder of (...)

Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey

Chair of the Board of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria

Nnimmo Bassey is an architect, environmentalist activist, author and poet. He chaired Friends of the Earth International from 2008 through (...)

Philip Alston

Philip Alston

UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty & Human Rights

Philip Alston is an international law scholar and human rights practitioner. Before his appointment as UN Special Rapporteur on extreme (...)

Leo Heller

Leo Heller

UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation

Léo Heller is the second Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation. Heller has extensive (...)

David Boys

David Boys

National Coordinator, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council(WSSCC)Nigeria,

David Boys is the current deputy general secretary of Public Services International (PSI), a global trade union federation with 20 (...)

Bunmi Dipo-Salami

Bunmi Dipo-Salami

Chief Executive, PLEG Consulting & Resources Nigeria

Bunmi Dipo-Salami is a development consultant, social entrepreneur, teacher, and politician. She has coordinated programmes and projects bordering on Integration (...)

Akinbode Oluwafemi

Akinbode Oluwafemi

Deputy Executive Director, Environmental Rights Action/Friends Of The Earth Nigeria

Akinbode Oluwafemi is a journalist and environmental activist. He leads the campaign against water privatization in Lagos and has a (...)

Chidi Odinkalu

Chidi Odinkalu

Senior Team Manager, The Africa Program of the Open Society Justice Initiative

Prior to joining the staff of Open Society Justice Initiative, Odinkalu was senior legal officer responsible for Africa and Middle (...)

Hussaini Abdu

Hussaini Abdu

Development Expert and Global Justice Activist

Hussaini Abdu is current Country Director of Plan International in Nigeria. He was one-time Country Director of ActionAid International where (...)

Gina Luster

Gina Luster

Mom, Entrepreneur and Activist.

Gina Luster is a mom, a public speaker, an entrepreneur, the owner of Material Girl Boutique, an organizer, and an (...)

Aly Shaw

Aly Shaw

Environmental Justice Organizer at Pittsburgh United

Aly has lived in Pittsburgh for about eight years and has been leading Pittsburgh United’s environmental campaigns for three years. (...)

Priscilla Achakpa

Priscilla Achakpa

Executive Director, Women Environmental Programme

Priscilla Achakpa is Executive Director of Women Environment Programme (WEP). She is the National Coordinator of Water Supply and Sanitation (...)

Lauren DeRusha Florez

Lauren DeRusha Florez

Director

Lauren DeRusha Florez is Campaign Director with the Corporate Accountability. She has been at the fore of campaigns taking on (...)

Lauren DeRusha Florez

Lauren DeRusha Florez

Director

Lauren DeRusha Florez is Campaign Director with the Corporate Accountability. She has been at the fore of campaigns taking on (...)

Priscilla Achakpa

Priscilla Achakpa

Executive Director, Women Environmental Programme

Priscilla Achakpa is Executive Director of Women Environment Programme (WEP). She is the National Coordinator of Water Supply and Sanitation (...)

Aly Shaw

Aly Shaw

Environmental Justice Organizer at Pittsburgh United

Aly has lived in Pittsburgh for about eight years and has been leading Pittsburgh United’s environmental campaigns for three years. (...)

Gina Luster

Gina Luster

Mom, Entrepreneur and Activist.

Gina Luster is a mom, a public speaker, an entrepreneur, the owner of Material Girl Boutique, an organizer, and an (...)

Hussaini Abdu

Hussaini Abdu

Development Expert and Global Justice Activist

Hussaini Abdu is current Country Director of Plan International in Nigeria. He was one-time Country Director of ActionAid International where (...)

Chidi Odinkalu

Chidi Odinkalu

Senior Team Manager, The Africa Program of the Open Society Justice Initiative

Prior to joining the staff of Open Society Justice Initiative, Odinkalu was senior legal officer responsible for Africa and Middle (...)

Akinbode Oluwafemi

Akinbode Oluwafemi

Deputy Executive Director, Environmental Rights Action/Friends Of The Earth Nigeria

Akinbode Oluwafemi is a journalist and environmental activist. He leads the campaign against water privatization in Lagos and has a (...)

Bunmi Dipo-Salami

Bunmi Dipo-Salami

Chief Executive, PLEG Consulting & Resources Nigeria

Bunmi Dipo-Salami is a development consultant, social entrepreneur, teacher, and politician. She has coordinated programmes and projects bordering on Integration (...)

David Boys

David Boys

National Coordinator, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council(WSSCC)Nigeria,

David Boys is the current deputy general secretary of Public Services International (PSI), a global trade union federation with 20 (...)

Leo Heller

Leo Heller

UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation

Léo Heller is the second Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation. Heller has extensive (...)

Philip Alston

Philip Alston

UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty & Human Rights

Philip Alston is an international law scholar and human rights practitioner. Before his appointment as UN Special Rapporteur on extreme (...)

Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey

Chair of the Board of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria

Nnimmo Bassey is an architect, environmentalist activist, author and poet. He chaired Friends of the Earth International from 2008 through (...)

Dr. Otive Igbuzor

Dr. Otive Igbuzor

Executive Director, African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development

Dr Otive Igbuzor is a human rights activist, policy analyst, development expert and social entrepreneur. He is the founder of (...)

Shayda Edwards Naficy

Shayda Edwards Naficy

Director, International Water Campaign, Corporate Accountability International

Shayda Edwards Naficy started her sojourn in advocacy in Ecuador where she worked at the Indian Law Resource Center with (...)

Satoko Kishimoto

Satoko Kishimoto

Researcher at the Transnational Institute (TNI)

Satoko Kishimoto is the programme coordinator, Public Alternatives at the Transnational Institute (TNI). She was active in the youth environmental (...)

Register to Attend the Water Summit

29th - 30th January in Abuja, Nigeria 2019

Conference Location

Reiz Continental Hotel, Abuja

ADDRESS:

779 10th Street, Cadastral Zone, Abuja

LOCATION:

Conference Hall

EMAIL ADDRESS:

info@nationalwatersummit.org