Supreme Court Upholds NIWA as Nation’s waterways Regulator

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The legal war between the Federal Government and Lagos State government on who has regulatory right over the nation’s waterways has finally come to an end as the Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the Federal Government and its inland waterways regulatory agency, the National Inland Waterways Authority, NIWA.

This is as Bashir Jamoh, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, described the Supreme Court’s judgment as a reaffirmation of the authority of the Federal Government through NIWA and NIMASA in controlling the affairs in Nigerian Inland Waterways as a win-win judgment.

In a judgment delivered in Abuja, Justice Okoro validated an earlier ruling by the Federal High Court in suit number FHC/CS/ 543/ 2012, which pronounced NIWA as the authentic authority over Nigerian inland waterways and advised Lagos State Government, its agencies, and any other state in the country to stay away from regulatory activities on Nigeria’s inland waterways.

Jamoh took to his official X handle @JamohBashir, and commented that this should bring to an end issues of ambiguity and multiple taxation; as states will no longer levy investors, being a responsibility of the government at the Federal level; thereby improving the ease of doing business in the maritime sector; adding that this will ultimately attract more investment from both local and international investors.

Jamoh advised all parties concerned, particularly the State Governments, to embrace the judgment and collaborate with NIWA and NIMASA. This will help to better harness Nigeria’s maritime potentials for the benefit of all Nigerians; noting that the Supreme Court’s ruling will go a long way in the Federal Government’s effort to explore potentials of the over 10,000 Kilometers of inland waters in the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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