. . . NPA to revoke company approvals
. . . Lagos CP to arrest, prosecute offenders
The Lagos Marina is set to regain its beauty and serenity with the planned stoppage of barge operations along the coastline.
While the Federal Government in conjunction with Lagos State Government on Tuesday ordered the halt of all such operations, which has desecrated the once beautiful and peaceful Marina coastline, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is to revoke barge approvals granted to some companies operating in Lagos.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, and the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who defied the early morning downpour to inspect the activities around the Marina coastline, made the stop-work order during an unscheduled visit to the Marina.
They went around the coastline, seeing the long row of trucks and containers that have constituted health and security hazards on the Marina.
The duo expressed displeasure on seeing the devastation of the coastline that used to be the pride of the state, attracting crowds of visitors.
Amaechi and Sanwo-Olu found the “unwholesome” activities on the coastline “shocking” and “unacceptable”.
The minister, however, spoke on the dire need to sanitise the entire Marina coastline and restore its tranquillity and beauty.
He ordered that trucks are immediately stopped from coming to the Marina to load.
Amaechi said the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) did not grant anyone permission to carry out barging operations, while insisting that all such activities must stop immediately.
“The Federal Ministry of Transport has agreed with the Lagos State Government to ensure that whoever is making use of the Marina coastline should stop.
“We have agreed with the Commissioner of Police to stop those using the roads and we have agreed with NPA to cancel all barge permits pending when each person will come back to NPA, NIWA and Lagos State Government to renew such approval,” he said.
In Sanwo-Olu’s reaction, he directed the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, to arrest and prosecute anyone who flouts the order to stop “unauthorised activities” on the Marina.
He vowed that the state government would do everything to bring sanity to the coastline.
“We are also talking to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing because we understand that some of the approvals were from the Federal Ministry of Works. So, we are also taking up that responsibility and we would do what we need to do,” he emphasised.
Also, at the inspection were the Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman; representatives of NIWA; Ministries of Works as well as Waterfront Infrastructure Development; the Police; and the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso.Follow us on social media