By James Azania, Lokoja
The Nationwide Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has expressed concern over alleged try by the Lagos State Home of Meeting to tinker with mining legal guidelines.
The company in a launch issued from its company headquarters in Lokoja, Kogi State, mentioned that the purported train impinges on its mandate on oversight entry by way of the waterways.
The Managing Director of NIWA, Dr George Moghalu, in a letter to the Lagos State authorities, and copied to the Secretary to the Federal Authorities (SFG) and the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Boss Mustapha and Rotimi Ameachi respectively, known as on the previous to warning the management of the state meeting, over what it descibed as a transparent breach of the peaceable decision reached between the company and the Lagos State authorities over conflict of curiosity on dredging and varied waterway issues.
In line with him: “That is sequel to strikes by Lagos State Home of Meeting to ambush the regulatory powers of NIWA, and on the similar time, intervene within the actions of dreading firms by way of the composition of a seven-man committee to analyze and make suggestions on dredging actions in Lagos State.
“As a prelude to the complete understanding of the matter underneath reference, you’d recall that there was a latest conflict between Nationwide Inland Waterways Authority and Lagos State waterfront and Infrastructure Improvement throughout which our employees and certainly firms registered with us have been arrested by your employees and arraigned earlier than particular offencies courtroom, the decision of that imbroglio I consider remains to be into consideration.”
“Might I in easy phrases, emphasize that issues throughout the unique record of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are exterior the legislative competence of the state authorities as they’re throughout the competence of the Nationwide meeting, Dr Moghalu restated, urging the state authorities to respectfully ahead his commentary to the management of the State Home of Meeting.”