Waterways: Lagos signed agreement with National Inland Waterways Authority ending 10 year legal tussle.
Lagos State government yesterday the 29th of July 2019, signed an agreement of cooperation with the Federal Government.
The Agreement involves the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA).
After signing the agreement, the managing director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) said;
This agreement means a better life for our people.
What we have signed today will promote a better working relationship and collaboration for the good of our people.
Our desire is to see the possibility of settling out of court because this disagreement has been on for over 10 years.
The most important thing is that, once we have this understanding, we won’t have issues.
Investors, too, would be free to come in, since they know there is no friction and restrictions again.
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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu while receiving the officials from NIWA said the treaty is a way to prepare for partners who have shown interest in the partnership on waterway transportation.
Congratulate these two agencies of government that have found it right to collaborate.
This is one of the signs of progress we have made to promote ease of doing business and as regulators.
We must always find a way to close our differences in order to convince investors and private sector.
We have said we have plans to introduce a comprehensive intermodal transportation system, which will cover rail, roads and waterways.
A critical component of this objective is what this agreement just enabled for us.
It means we are prepared for investors and partners who have shown interest in the partnership on waterway transportation to move our people from one part of the state to another.”