… Constitutes a 7-man Ad-hoc Committee
By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
The Lagos State House of Assembly has resolved to check the indiscriminate activities of dredgers and miners along the shorelines in the state.
It has therefore set up a 7-Man ad-hoc committee to investigate the various indiscriminate activities pointed out by the lawmakers.
The resolution was made after a motion of urgent public importance was moved by the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon Noheem Adams, calling for the need to put on hold all dredging activities in the shorelines of the state as it causes serious threat to the existence of the residents.
In the motion, Adams (Eti-Osa 1) urged state government and the House to take decisive steps on the matter as he hinted that dredgers in spite of various complaints and even as the lockdown subsists, the dredgers continued their activities in the areas across his constituency.
“In a situation whereby there is no caution or monitoring we will fall into a dangerous and disastrous situation. What I want to say is this, in my constituency when we talk about the shorelines which include Alpha Beach, going thru Lafiaji, Okun Ajah, Okun Mopo, the only link road is gradually being wiped out due to the ocean surge.
“I must state here today that my ancestral home and family house in Alpha Beach called Okun Afa in Eti Osa local government today has been wiped away by the surge.
“I want my colleagues to feel for us in Eti Osa along the shoreline because the water has wipe off the road link, our people in the riverine areas have called on me several times and I have series of petitions on my table.
” I want to say this also during the lockdown period there were so many dredgers dredging in my community most especially in Sangotedo,the Chairman of that local government and the leader of that council called me to inform me that they are working even during the lock down .
“We need the attention of this house, we need the attention of Lagos State government,we need to put on hold dredging activities not only in my constituency but throughout the shorelines, because NIMET also has predicted that we would have not less than 240 to 270 days rain in Lagos State within the months of March to November.
“If this dredging activities should continue it will continue to affect my own constituency, LASEMA DG Dr. Femi Osahintolu gave an empirical analysis stating local government areas with high risk of flooding measured in kilometers.
” Eti Osa local government with 133.59km of its 168.3km total land area has the highest, 79 percent of its land mass listed as black spot. Out of 168km, 133km will be affected what will be remaining after? Please Mr Speaker we want the state government and this honourable house to come to our aid in Eti Osa.”
The lawmakers took turns to corroborate the thrust of the motion,citing why the activities of the dredgers are becoming dreadful rather than helpful.
In his comments, Hon. Fatal Mojeed (Ibeju Lekki 1) argued that there are a number of communities within his constituency which are affected due to the activities of the dredgers .
“The dredgers are over-concentrated in Awoyaya, Bogije, Langbasa within my constituency. Many of them have not complied with necessary directives, payment of haulage fee to the state and local government have been discountenanced and flooding has led to loss of properties even students could not access there institution of learning due to the surge”, said Mojeed.
Hon.Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2), in his contributions, suggested that better interpretation be sort from the Attorney General of the state to clear the grey areas as it affects NIWA act, which ceded 100metres land to the NIWA along the shoreline.
Hon.Folajimi Mohammed , however, argued that the state might need to revert to original form “where we issue dredging and stockpiling licence”.
He noted that in Ajah there are multiple people having stockpiling licence, within close proximity and hydrological survey is no longer in place,with the proliferation of illegal dredgers.
In his ruling, the Speaker of the House, Rt( Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, said that it would be important to check the activities of unregistered dredgers, have a list of registered dredgers as well as assessing the dredgers’ responsibility level.
“On this note we set up an adhoc committee to be headed by Hon. Victor Akande, Hon Richard Kasunmu, Hon. Desmond Elliott, Hon. Nureni Akinsanya, Hon. David Setonji, Hon. Ajani Owolabi and Hon. Jimi Mohammed . The committee is to report back in two weeks”, said Obasa.