The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Tuesday met with the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other relevant maritime stakeholders over the current situation of the Marina coastline.
Amaechi, in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Mrs. Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni, directed all private operators in the area to stop their activities until the renewal of their licenses by the government.
He said: “We have agreed that all maritime activities by private operators should cease until they renew their licenses.
“The Nigeria Port Authority should also stop issuing barge operations permits, pending when each person will come back to NPA, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and Lagos State Government, to renew such approvals.
“The decision was reached because they are defacing the Marina, and we need to stop that.”
Meanwhile, Sanwo-Olu said that some of the approvals for barges came from the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, adding that the Lagos State government would take up the issue with the ministry.
“We will also be talking to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing because we understand that some approvals came from them; so, we will also take up that responsibility,” the governor said.