Posted on October 4, 2023
The Lagos State Government has vowed to stop illegal dredging operations and flush out operators who have no government permit in the dredging sector from the state.
The Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Dayo Bush-Alebiosu, disclosed this on Saturday during a meeting with the members of the executive council of the Dredgers’ Association of Nigeria, Lagos State chapter.
The commissioner was quoted in a statement on Sunday to have said that the meeting was called to seek the cooperation of the association in enforcing guidelines regulating dredging activities and to declare Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration’s zero tolerance for illegal dredging operations in the state.
He added that the meeting was a familiarisation forum to interact with members of the association and get first-hand information on how dredging activities can be improved upon.
He solicited the support of the association to end illegal dredging.
The statement further quoted Bush-Alebiosu as expressing the resolve of the government to enforce the law.
“Anybody caught violating dredging laws and regulations of the state will be prosecuted,” he said.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Mr Kehinde Gbajumo, expressed his delight that the state executive members of the association were present at the meeting, saying it would go a long way in conveying the views of the state government to their members.