By Chris Udochukwu
Ikeja (Precise Post) – Minister of transportation, Rt. Hon Chibuike Amaechi has ordered that all Maritime activities by private operators should cease until they renew their licenses.
He also urged NPA to stop issuing barge operations permits pending when each person will come back to NPA, NIWA and Lagos State Government to renew such approvals.
The directive came on Tuesday shortly after Amaechi met with Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other relevant maritime stakeholders over the defacing of the Marina.
The Media Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, Mrs Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni disclosed this in a statement sent to Precise Post.
According to the statement, the meeting held at the State House in Lagos after which they inspects the barge at Marina.
Speaking after the meeting, Amaechi said that it was agreed that all private operators should cease their operations until their licenses were renewed as a way forward to resolve such challenges.
“We have agreed that all Maritime activities by private operators should cease until they renew their licenses and NPA should stop issuing barge operations permits pending when each person will come back to NPA, 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,” he said.
However, Gov. Sanwo-Olu said that some of the approval for barge came from the Federal Ministry of Work and Housing stating that they 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. “