*To punish non-compliant operators
The National Inland Waterways
Authority(NIWA) on Thursday said it would punish dredging operators who fail to
comply with the best practice guidelines it issued, arising from a stakeholders
meeting in Lagos.
Sambo said that while the agency recognises its statutory responsibility as
regulators of the dredging activities, it would ensure adequate enforcement to
Ajah-Badore stretch, who had yet complied with the regulations to do so, or
face sanction, having been warned over six months ago.
other communities along the same axis should also brace up for NIWA compliance
monitoring, as the agency would ensure adherence to guidelines for operations.
operators should deal with NIWA as pronounced at the Federal High Court, while
stating that the matter was taken to the appeal court about two weeks ago.
operations signed by the Lagos Area Manager include;
dredge machines must be spaced at a minimum distance of 500m away from each
machines from the shoreline must not be less than 500m.
allowed per stockpiling site.
of one master dredge machine, three transporters and one booster pump device.
companies for non-compliance with dredging regulations.
location, is non-transferable to another location or to any other individual.
Also, the approved site must not exceed the delineated area prescribed by the
perimeter survey submitted.
companies for non-compliance with Health, Safety and Environment standards.
company that does not maintain the access road to its stockpiling site.
company for non-installation of water/sedimentation box at an appropriate
position for control of turbidity during dredging operation.
improper channeling of waste water drainage back into the water-body.
until all requisite documentations are observed and approval granted.
company that sells wet dredged sand to trucks.
mandatory to adequately cover sand before transported out of the site.
Bathymetric/Sand search reports are vital pre-requisites for dredging permits.
navigational activities along the waterways and the dredging pipes should be
properly marked out and sunk in water for the safety of other users of the
dredged sand before 6:a.m and must close by sunset.
have valid Annual survey and Operational permits from NIWA.