Lagos Water Crisis Alternative Roadmap for the Water Sector

Environmental Rights Action Friends of the Earth Nigeria
October 2016

This report provides an analysis of the problems facing public provision of water in Lagos, Nigeria, highlighting the problems of privatization and public-private partnerships. Key findings from the report include:

  • Improving public water systems is both possible and preferable.
  • Public financing, rather than private investment, provides a better deal for the people and the government of cities like Lagos.
  • Collaboration between public providers provides better solutions than privatized, competition-based systems.
  • Strengthening public water systems is good for democratic governance.
Lagos. water system can become a world-class model for other cities to follow. The report makes recommendations for improving public provision, which constitute a plan for a well-functioning, democratically governed water system in Lagos and beyond.