National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), has urged operators and other stakeholders in the sector to ignore the seven-day ultimatum given by the Lagos State Government to quit its waterways.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting, on Thursday, in Lagos, NIWA’s Area Manager, Muazu Sambo, said stakeholders in the sector should continue their operations without any fear of molestation, as the state government lacked powers to regulate their activities.
Sambo said the Appeal Court judgment delivered on July 18, did not give the state government the right to prevent them from doing their legitimate business.
Besides, he said, the agency had appealed the judgment at the Supreme Court.
“This interactive session with stakeholders in the sector is necessary to clarify issues resulting from the Court of Appeal judgment delivered on July 18, 2017. Alausa does not have the power to make laws in respect of the international and inter-state waterways in Lagos State,” he said.
“Item 5, Second Schedule, Section 10, of National Inland Waterways Authority Act says: ‘Intra coastal route from Badagry Creek to Lagos, through Lagos Lagoon to Epe, Lekki Lagoon to Iwopin, along Omu Creek, Talifa Live I to Atijere, Akata. Aboto. Oluwa River to Okitipupa and onto Gbekebo. Arogbo. Ofunama. Benin Creek to Warri, including the canal running from Araromi through Aiyetoro Imelumo to Benin River and from Aiyetoro through Mahin Lagoon to Igbokoda are declared as federal navigable waterways’,” Sambo further explained.
He, however, urged the water transporters and dredgers to be conscious of safety in doing their businesses.