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LASG, NIWA Ends 10yrs Feud Over Waterways Regulation

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After 10 years of extreme legal battle, Lagos State Government and National Inland Waterways Authority, NIWA, have ended the lingering feud over control of activities on waterways in the state.
They ended the feud that had affected activities on waterways on Monday with the signing of an agreement that resolved issues on collection of revenue and authority on Right of Way issuance on waterways.
The State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and NIWA Managing Director, Mr Olorunibe Mamora, signed the agreement at the State House, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja.
After signing the agreement, Sanwo-Olu, stressed that the collaboration would boost investors’ confidence and attract more Foreign Direct Investment, FDI to the sector, improving standard of waterways.
“Transportation is one of the cardinal points of this administration. We want to use this agreement to assure investors and partners that issues around water regulations have been eased out.
“Safety on the waterways is paramount and that is one of the things that we have discussed during the signing of this agreement.
“We must demonstrate that Lagos is the centre of excellence and it is important for us to improve the ease of doing business which is one of the important issues to President Muhammadu Buhari,” he added.
The governor, who hinted that one-third of the state was covered by water, stressed the need to develop water tourism, saying, we must understand that we are in government to ease the burden of the people.
Earlier, Mamora said: “You do not need court intervention to ensure safety of the people. We want surveillance and revenue is the least important issue that we need to pay more attention to on waterways.”
According to him, our desire is possibility of settling outside the court. I also want to thank your predecessor that he did the ground work. We all will be remembered for our impact because we care our people especially those that use the waterways.

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