INLAND WATERWAYS: Lagos refutes NIWA’s claims, says judgment favours her

By Olasunkanmi Akoni
lagos —The Lagos State Government and
authorities of the National Inland Waterways
Authority, NIWA, are currently at loggerheads
over the control of waterways in the state
following Appeal Court Judgment granted
control to the state government.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode,
had on Monday, during inauguration of the
newly elected 57 council chairmen disclosed
that Appeal Court, sitting in Lagos granted the
state government permission to control
activities on its waterways, ending months of
legal battle between NIWA and the state
The Federal High Court had three years ago,
restricted Lagos State Waterways Authority,
LASWA from regulating commercial activities
of dredgers in the state.
But on 18th July, 2017, the Appellate Court
set aside the Federal High Court judgment,
granting Lagos State government and its
agency, LASWA, control over its waterways.
Ambode, who express delight over the court
verdict, stressed said, ”The era of uncontrolled
dredging is over and this serves as a clear
warning that the Lagos State Government will
now take firm control over its inland
waterways and the adjoining lands including all
sand dredging activities. This will further aid
our efforts in abating flood in the state.”
However, in statement, yesterday, the State
Commissioner for Information and Strategy,
Mr. Steve Ayorinde, described NIWA’s claim as
“misleading” maintaining that the recent
judgment of the Court of Appeal set aside the
Judgment of the Federal High Court and
thereby allowing the Appeal of the State
Government on its right to control its inland
waterways to the exclusion of the Federal

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