Women storm Alausa, petition Sanwo-Olu over water privatisation

Women storm Alausa, petition Sanwo-Olu over water privatisation

The women at the gates of Lagos State House of Assembly, on Thursday.

Mr. Hudenyin Kolawole, Director, Political Affairs, Office of Civic Engagement, Governor’s Office, collecting the women’s petition on behalf of Governor Babajide Sanyo-Olu.

Women activists and labour unionists stormed the seat of Lagos state government, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday, seeking audience with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, with a petition that privatisation of water was evil and constitute gender-based violence against women.

The women, who banded together on the platform of Our Water Our Right Coalition, converged at the gate of Shoprite, from where they marched to the state Assembly.

They carried placards with messages such as “Our water is our right,” “Africa says no to water privatisation”, “Keep public water in public hands”, “Water Privatisation is a burden to African women” and chanted solidarity songs.

Their demands, as listed in the petition addressed to Governor Sanwo-Olu, is that the state reject all forms of corporate control of water and privatisation of water services, including through “public-private partnership”;

Fulfill their obligation to respect, protect and fulfill human right to water for all people, among demand.