The Federal Government, in conjunction with Lagos State Government, on Tuesday ordered the stoppage of barge operations along the Marina coastline.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, and Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, gave the stop-work order during an unscheduled visit to the Marina coastline to inspect activities in the area.
With the order, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is expected to revoke barge approvals that were granted to some companies operating in Lagos.
Amaechi and Sanwo-Olu, after touring the Marina coastline, said that the “unwholesome” activities on the coastline were “shocking” and “unacceptable”.
Amaechi said that there was an urgent need to sanitise the entire Marina coastline so as to restore its tranquility and beauty.
He directed that trucks must immediately stop coming to Marina to lift cargo.
The minister said that the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) had not grant anyone the permission to carry out barging operations, adding that all such activities must stop immediately.
“The Federal Ministry of Transport has agreed with Lagos State Government to ensure that whoever is making use of the Marina coastline should stop.
“We have agreed with Commissioner of Police to stop those using the road 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 said.
Sanwo-Olu, on his part, directed the Lagos State Commissioner of Police to arrest and prosecute anyone who flouted the order to stop the unauthorised activities on the Marina.
He said that 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 do,” Sanwo-Olu added.