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.
Who’s Speaking at the Water Summit?
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
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
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 (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)