Min­istry asks dredgers to dis­re­gard La­gos ‘Stop Work’ order

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Hamisu Muham­mad

The Min­istry of Mines and Steel Devel­op­ment has asked all duly li­censed dredgers in La­gos wa­ter­ways to dis­re­gard the ‘Stop Work’ order is­sued by the La­gos State Govern­ment and to con­tinue with their law­ful op­er­a­tions.

A state­ment is­sued on Mon­day, signed by the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the min­istry, Mo­hammed Ab­bas, frowned at the way of­fi­cials of the La­gos State Govern­ment went about de­lib­er­ately dis­tort­ing the pro­nounce­ment of the ap­peal court in the mat­ter.

“It is trite to state that by virtue of the Con­sti­tu­tion of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Nige­ria (1999 as amended), fed­eral laws in re­spect of ad­min­is­tra­tion of min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and util­ity of in­land wa­ter­ways su­per­sede those of states, in the in­stance as it af­fects is­sues on the ex­clu­sive leg­isla­tive list.”

“A cur­sory re­view of the rul­ing of the learned jus­tices of the Court of Ap­peal in­di­cates a clear recog­ni­tion of the pow­ers and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the var­i­ous arms and or­gans of govern­ment with re­spect to ad­min­is­tra­tion of min­ing and in­land wa­ter­ways.

“We are there­fore at a loss as to why of­fi­cials of La­gos State Govern­ment will wil­fully at­tempt to in­verse the rul­ing of the court to suit their much an­tic­i­pated out­come. The learned jus­tices were clear about the ex­tent and lim­i­ta­tions of pow­ers of the var­i­ous arms of govern­ment.

“The min­istry takes this devel­op­ment with all se­ri­ous­ness and solemn com­mit­ment.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.