Lagos seals off 5 container terminals for illegal operations, obstruction

*The Lagos State Government enjoins tank farm operators in the Kirikiri corridor to comply with its ultimatum on legalising their operations by end of February 2021

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

For operating illegally without recourse to its Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law, the Lagos State Government (LASG) has sealed off five Container Terminals along the Kirikiri coast in the state

The state government in a report on its official Web site stated that the sealing of the container terminal facilities Thursday, February 11 was hinged on their becoming ubiquitous along the coastlines of the state of aquatic splendor.

The LASG noted the action was sequel to the outcome of a special enforcement exercise coordinated by the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development in conjunction with the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA).

Lagos State Government officials seal off the erring Container Terminals 

Dr.  Idris Salako, Honourable Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, stated that the Container Terminals were operating without the approval of the Lagos State Government, while their operations had been observed to constitute a menace to the watercourse of the state.

The Commissioner who noted no such operations with high potential impact on the physical environment should be allowed to go on without proper regulation, disclosed  the Container Terminals that were so sealed off had been hiding under the guise of having Federal approval to operate.

He stated, however, that they could not present, on demand, any permit legalising the location of their facilities in the area.

The State Government has said repeatedly, without mincing words, that it will halt the spate of illegal physical development and give proper planning its pride of place towards achieving the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, said Dr. Salako.

The Commissioner, therefore, enjoined Tank Farm operators along the corridor to comply with the ultimatum issued by the government on legalising their operations before it lapses at the end of February 2021.

He urged them to approach the Ministry for regularisation of their activities.

Mr. Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, Managing Director of Lagos State Waterways Authority, aslo remarked that all activities on the waterways in the state are being controlled through constant surveillance and monitoring.

He said this measure would not give room for any illegal operations that could be inimical to the progress of Lagos State.

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