Dredgers drag Lagos AG, agency to court for contempt


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The Incorporated Trustees of Dredgers Association of Nigeria has instituted a contempt proceeding against the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Water Front Infrastructure Development over an alleged disobedience of court orders barring the state from regulating their activities.
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos had in a judgment in 2014 in a suit filed by the Dredgers Association along with Boat Operators against the Lagos State Water Ways Authority held that the Lagos State Government and its relevant agencies had no power to regulate the activities of dredgers.
Joined in the suit as co-defendants are Lagos State Governor, Lagos Commission of Water Front Infrastructure Development, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, National Inland Waterways Authority and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA.
Also joined in the suit are Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Minister of Transport and Attorney-General of the Federation.
In the suit, the dredgers and their Boat Operators counterparts had contended that the demand for payment for their operations by the Lagos State Waterways Authority, Lagos Ministry of Waterways Infrastructure Development, National Inland Waterways Authority and NIMASA amounts to multiple charges and therefore unlawful.
The two associations sought the court interpretation of relevant laws and a declaration of which agency should regulate their activities.
Delivering judgment, Justice J. T. Tsoho declared that the National Inland Waterways Authority and NIMASA were the proper and lawful agencies with authority in matters relating to the commercial activities of both associations.
Justice Tsoho subsequently restrained the Lagos Waterways Authority and Attorney General from seeking to control the two bodies.
However, following a recent publication by the Lagos Ministry of Water Front Infrastructural Development outlining the requirements for registration of dredgers in the state, the association has begun a contempt proceeding against the agency and the state Attorney General.
The contempt notice dated 16 February …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper