Ecumenical Water Network – Africa took the fight against water privatisation to Ifaki Ekiti. Ekiti State.
The meeting, held at Ifaki Ekiti, headquarter of Isokan Local Council Development Area, before going on a tour around the town where they received eye opening information that will further prove the need to push against water privatisation.
The Coordinator of the Ecumenical Water Network-Africa, Rev Kolade Fadahunsi, and his team encountered a reservoir which was commissioned in 1987 as a mini water scheme to supply three communities, which include Ifaki, Aaye and Ifishin Ekiti, only to discover that the reservoir has not supplied water since 1991, according to some residents.
Other residents who participated in the programme resist water privatisation and demand water as a human right and not something that citizens have to struggle with to come by.
The Archbishop of Ifaki, Methodist Church Nigeria, Most Rev. Oluyemisi Ogunlere, who received the team in his office, including Rev. Esan Makanjuola, said water is a community asset and unifying provision of God, which must be protected against commodification through privatisation.