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FG and Lagos stop barge operations off the coast of Marina

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By Olasunkanmi Akoni

The federal government, along with the Lagos state government, on Tuesday ordered a halt to all barge operations along the Marina coast.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Port Authority, NPA, will revoke the barge approvals given to some companies operating in Lagos.

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, who braved the morning rain to inspect the activities around the coast of Marina, issued the arrest warrant during a visit not programmed to the area, describing the situation. as “shocking and” unacceptable.

The duo that went around the coast, in the company of the Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman to have an on-site assessment of the long line of trucks and containers that have constituted health and safety hazards in the Navy, lamented the level of coastal devastation that used to be the pride of the state, drawing crowds of visitors.

Although he expressed the urgent need to clean up the entire coastline of Marina and restore its tranquility and beauty, the minister ordered that the trucks immediately stop arriving at Marina to load.

Amaechi said the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) did not grant anyone permission to conduct barge operations, insisting that all such activities must be stopped immediately.

He said: “The Federal Ministry of Transport has agreed with the Lagos state government to guarantee that whoever is using the coast of the Navy must stop. We have agreed with the Police Commissioner to detain those who use the roads and we have agreed with NPA to cancel all pending barge permits when each person returns to NPA, NIWA and the Lagos State Government to renew such approval, ”he said.

Sanwo-Olu ordered the State Police Commissioner to arrest and prosecute anyone who disobeyed the order to stop “unauthorized activities” in the Navy.

“We are also talking with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing FMWH because we understand that some of the approvals were from the Federal Ministry of Works,” said the governor.

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