Waterways: FG, Lagos Govt End Decade-Long Rift, Sign Agreement

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu (left) and Managing Director/ CEO, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, signing an agreement for cooperation between the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) and NIWA at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, July 29, 2019.

 

The Federal Government and Lagos State have signed an agreement of cooperation to end the decade-long row over the control of waterways surrounding the state.

According to a statement by the Deputy Chief Press Secretary of Lagos State, Gboyega Akosile, the agreement which concerns both the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), will guarantee a better working relationship between both government agencies.

After signing of the treaty, Managing Director of NIWA, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, said the agreement was signed in good faith and in the best interest of the people, noting that the previous administration in the State prepared the groundwork for collaboration between NIWA and LASWA.

“We don’t need the court to intervene in ensuring safety on waterways and protecting the rights of our people and avoiding multiple-taxation, which discourages investors; these are the areas we are partnering on. This agreement shows that we care for our people, particularly the users of the waterways.

“This agreement means a better life for our people. What we have signed today will promote a better working relationship and collaboration for the good of our people. Our desire is to see the possibility of settling out of court because this disagreement has been on for over 10 years. The most important thing is that, once we have this understanding, we won’t have issues. Investors, too, would be free to come in, since they know there is no friction and restrictions again.”

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Meanwhile, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu received the officials from NIWA, described the treaty as “right choice” to end the long-drawn-out rift.

“I congratulate these two agencies of government that have found it right to collaborate. This is one of the signs of progress we have made to promote ease of doing business and as regulators; we must always find a way to close our differences in order to convince investors and private sector.

We have said we have plans to introduce a comprehensive intermodal transportation system, which will cover rail, roads and waterways. A critical component of this objective is what this agreement just enabled for us. It means we are prepared for investors and partners who have shown interest in the partnership on waterway transportation to move our people from one part of the state to another.”

Ekiti Govt. Destroys Illegal Structures Erected On Waterways

Osun-State-dredging-after-Osogbe-floodEkiti State government has begun the demolition of illegal structures erected on waterways to prevent flooding in the state.

Governor Ayodele Fayose who was on ground to supervise the demolition of a structure erected on the waterways at Ibukun Olu Street, Olora Layout in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, urged residents to always maintain a certain level of environmental sanitation.

In February this year, Governor Fayose was at Ibukun Olu Street, Olora Layout  to warn residents whose buildings were erected on the waterways, giving them 30-day ultimatum after which government will demolish the structures.

The ultimatum was however extended following pleas from the occupants of the area.

Governor Fayose who returned to the area on Thursday, said he was ready for business as he ordered the immediate demolition of the structures to ensure free flow of water.FAYOSE IN COURT.FEDERAL HIGH COURT ADO EKITI 032

The governor said the demolition comes after compensation had been paid to the affected residents.

A resident of the area, Alao Mathew who expressed happiness and also commended the governor for the level of development in the state.

With the demolition of structures on the waterways, the residents are hopeful that there would be a stop to the consistent flooding in the area.

Nigerian Navy Upgrades Officers To Strengthen Operations

Nigerian NavyThe Nigerian Navy has upgraded the capacity of some of its senior officers, in order to strengthen its operations across Nigeria.

The Navy says the development comes in a bid to keep its “Operations Watertight” on the nation’s waterways.

The Chief of Policy and Plans of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral Jacob Ajani, expressed hope that the upgrade would enable the naval officers function effectively in keeping Nigeria’s maritime domain safe.

He disclosed that the opportunity was also extended to about 40 personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, as part of inter-agency cooperation.

Speaking at the command’s level session in Lagos State, Rear Admiral Ajani described the development as a great moment for naval operations in Nigeria.

Pipeline Attacks: Navy Urges Militants To Embrace Dialogue

Navy, Militants, Niger DeltaChief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Etteh-Ibas, has urged restive youths in the Niger Delta to sheath their swords and embrace peaceful means of pressing home their demands.

Vice Admiral Ibas was speaking at the flag-off of phase two of Operation Tsare Teku, the Nigerian Navy’s anti-piracy operations in the Niger Delta region.

He said that compared to the first quarter of 2016 which recorded 49 cases of piracy on Nigerian waterways, during the first phase of the operation between May and June, only seven attacks were attempted and all were foiled.

This necessitated the extension of the operation for another three months.

The Navy Chief stated that the exercise would now extend its operations to provide support for the Operation Delta Safe which has metamorphosed from Operation Pulo Shield, to cover the whole of the Niger Delta region and surrounding waters.

He then asked the various militant groups to explore democratic means to press home their demands rather than resorting to violence.

The Chief of Training and Operations, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Oshinowo, further highlighted the Navy’s achievements with the establishment of Operation Tsare Teku in April.

He said that the operation has not only helped in the reduction of piracy on Nigerian waterways, but has also led to better collaboration between the Navy and major players in the Nigerian maritime sector.

National Shipping Line To Operate On PPP Basis, NIMASA Says

NIMASA, Peterside DakukuNigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) says the proposed national shipping line will be managed on a Public–Private Partnership (PPP) basis.

The Director General of NIMASA, Mr Peterside Dakuku, disclosed this to reporters on Monday in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.

Making clarifications on the proposed national shipping line, Mr Dakuku said funding of the national carrier would come from the private sector.

He also stated that Nigeria has signed to several protocols that would help detect, rid and tackle pirates as well as security breaches on its waterways.

Nigerian Navy Seeks Speedy Trial Of Sea Pirates

Nigerian NavyThe Nigerian Navy has appealed to the nation’s judiciary to ensure a speedy trial of sea pirates and other criminals involved in illegal bunkering activities on the nation’s waterways.

Speaking in Abuja while playing host to the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime ‎Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ette, reaffirmed the commitment of the Nigerian Navy to ensure effective maritime security that will guarantee safer waterways.

The Director General of the National Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dakuku Peterside, who later met behind closed doors with the Chief of Naval Staff, stressed the need for the quick passage of the anti-piracy ‎bill.

He also appealed to the Federal Government to grant NIMASA the powers to prosecute sea pirates and other criminals terrorizing the nation’s water ways.