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Amaechi, Sanwo-Olu enraged with desecration of Marina coastline — order barge operators to quit


Segun Oladipupo    |  

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo–Olu, have both expressed their anger at the gradual degradation of the Marina coastline by the activities of barge operators.
They have therefore ordered the operators to quit the area while the trailers which daily throng the area to evacuate containers should vacate the place.
The Federal Government and, Lagos State Government, on Tuesday, ordered the stoppage of barge operations on the coastline.
The move is said to reinstate the serenity and beauty of Lagos state.

Amaechi and 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.

This is contained in a release signed by Gbenga Omotoso, Honourable Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lagos State.

As part of the move, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has been directed to revoke barge approvals granted some companies operating in Lagos.

They went around the coastline, seeing the long row of trucks and containers that have constituted health and security hazards on the Marina.
 Amaechi and Sanwo-Olu kept on shaking their heads 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 spoke of an urgent need to sanitise the entire Marina coastline and restore its tranquillity and beauty.

He ordered that trucks must immediately stop coming to Marina to load.

Amaechi said the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) did not grant anyone permission to carry out barging operations, 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.

Sanwo-Olu directed the Lagos State Commissioner of Police to arrest and prosecute anyone who flouts the order to stop “unauthorised activities” on the Marina.

He said 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,” the Governor said.   

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 and the Police.

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