The Federal Government, in conjunction with Lagos State, has ordered the stoppage of all barge operations along the Marina coastline.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made the stop-work order during an unscheduled inspection of activities around the coastline.
They expressed sadness at the long row of trucks and containers that constituted health and security hazards in the area.
In reaction, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) revealed that it would revoke barge approvals it granted some companies operating in Lagos.
Amaechi, who stressed the need to sanitise the entire Marina coastline, ordered trucks to stop loading in the area.
He insisted that the National Inland Waterways Authority did not grant permission to anyone to carry out barging operations.
“The Federal Ministry of Transportation 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 approvals,” he added.
Sanwo-Olu directed the Lagos State CP, Hakeem Odumosu, to arrest and prosecute anyone who flouted the order to stop “unauthorised activities” in Marina.
He said the state government would do everything to restore sanity to the coastline.
He said that the state government would do everything to bring sanity to the coastline.
“We are also talking with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing because we understand that some of the approvals were from the Ministry of Works. So, we are also taking up that responsibility and we would do what we need to do,” the governor said.