Lagos State Governor Welcomes Decision of the Appeal Court

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday expressed excitement on the ruling of the Appeal Court which authorizes the state to control inland waterways and dredging activities in the region.

Previous judgment of the Federal High Court empowered the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) to regulate transportation and sand dredging in the State.

The Appellate Court of Lagos on July 18, 2017, allowed the Appeal of the State Government setting aside the judgment of the lower court.

According to Governor Ambode, the judgment comes as a major success in the quest of the State Government to control its resources and enshrine the true spirit of Fiscal Federalism.

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,” Governor Ambode said.

Earlier in his welcome address, Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, said that the development confirms that democratic institution is strong and consolidating in the State, urging the new council chiefs “to build vigorously on the landmark achievements of Governor Ambode by ensuring that laudable developmental projects are also felt at the grassroots.”