GOVERNMENT BANS DREDGING ACTIVITIES IN LAGOS


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Posted on: 03-02-16
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has banned all dredging activities in Lagos following his visit to the site of the building where a 65year old woman was burnt by cultist in Bariga area of the
State recently.
Addressing Dredgers from Ebute Ilaje in the Bariga Local Council Development Area today, the State Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr. Ade Akinsanya noted that the Governor gave the directive after security report indicated that many of the hoodlums and cultists are using the boats of dredgers in the area as hideouts before and after their criminal acts.
He also emphasized that many of the operators are carrying out their dredging activities in the States without permits since all permits given by Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and Ministry of
Waterfront Infrastructure Development had expired at the end of December 2015 and no renewal has been granted since.
The Commissioner also frowned at the environmental damages caused by the activities of the dredgers in the state, decrying the rate at which operators abandon dredging machines and vessels on waters and
Coastlines in Lagos.
He however called on all stakeholders in the industry to attend the forthcoming One-Day stakeholders’ meeting scheduled to hold on
Thursday, 11th February, 2016 to discuss matters affecting Waterfronts
Development and guidelines for operators.

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