Ferry operators fault Lagos State’s eviction order

L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Engr. Abisola Kamson and Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr. Adebowale Akinsanya during the Governor’s inspection of the bad portion of Berlett Bus Stop on Apapa- Oshodi Expressway, Lagos, on Friday, May 13, 2016. PHOTO: LASG

L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Engr. Abisola Kamson and Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr. Adebowale Akinsanya during the Governor’s inspection of the bad portion of Berlett Bus Stop on Apapa- Oshodi Expressway, Lagos, on Friday, May 13, 2016. PHOTO: LASG

The Management of Metroferry Marine Services Limited has described as unacceptable an eviction order placed on the company by the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA).

Speaking in Lagos yesterday, the managing director of Metroferry, Uyi Giwa-Osagie, explained that the order and subsequent suspension of its operation is contrary to a certificate of occupancy granted the company in the year 2010 by the state government.

He said the company has contributed immensely to the development of the state through job creation and various corporate social responsibilities in the state.

Giwa-Osagie said: ‘’If there are any issues, the authority needs to consult all the stakeholders in the industry on the forward’’.

A copy of the eviction order mage available to The Guardian read: We write to notify you of His Excellence, The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Me Akinwunmi Ambode, directives that the allocation granted to your company (Messrs. Metro Ferry) on Lagos State Owned jetties (Oworonsoki Terminal and Ipakodo 2 jetty) has been revoked.

In this regard, you are hereby informed to immediately vacate the fore-mentioned jetties and desist from any and all claims of ownership of concession to the jetties.

In addition, any utilization of these jetties is subject to approval and the payment of all applicable Jetty Landing fees to the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA). Dated on June 2th, 2016, and letter was signed by Managing director Engr. Abisola Kamson.



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