By G9ija

With the stoppage of barge operations along the coastline, Lagos Marina may regain its beauty and serenity soon, it was learnt on Tuesday.

The federal and Lagos State governments ordered the stoppage of all such operations, which have desecrated the once beautiful and peaceful Marina coastline.

They (federal and Lagos) mandated the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to revoke barge approvals granted some companies operating in Lagos.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi, who defied the early morning downpour to pay an unscheduled visit to the coastline, gave the stop-work order.

They went round the coastline, seeing the long row of trucks and containers that have constituted health and security hazards on the Marina.

Amaechi and Sanwo-Olu shook their heads on seeing the devastation of the coastline that used to be the pride of the state, attracting crowds of visitors.

The minister and the governor found the “unwholesome” activities on the coastline “shocking” and “unacceptable”.

The duo spoke of an urgent need to sanitise the entire Marina coastline and restore its tranquility and beauty.

Amaechi ordered that trucks must immediately stop coming to Marina to load, adding the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) did not grant anyone the permission to carry out barging operations, insisting that all such activities must stop immediately.

He said: “The Federal Ministry of Transport has agreed with Lagos State Government to ensure that whoever is making use of Marina coastline should stop. We have agreed with Commissioner of Police to stop those using the roads and we have agreed with NPA to cancel all barge permits pending when each person will come back to NPA, NIWA and Lagos State Government to renew such approval.”

Sanwo-Olu urged the Lagos State Commissioner of Police to arrest and prosecute anyone who flouts the order to stop “unauthorised activities” on the Marina.

He said his administration would do everything to restore sanity to the coastline.

The governor said: “We are also talking to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing because we understand that some of the approvals were from the Federal Ministry of Works. So, we are also taking up that responsibility and we would do what we need do.”