The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has urged dredgers and other stakeholders operating in the shoreline of Lagos State to disregard the ‘stop work’ order of the state government regarding a ruling of the Court of Appeal.
In a statement issued by the ministry on Monday, the stated that legal officers in the ministry are studying the judgment and that in the interim, “we wish to ask ALL duly licensed dredgers to disregard the Stop Work order issued by the Lagos State Government and to continue about their lawful operations.”
Specifically, the ministry in the statement issued by its Permanent Secretary, Mohammed Abbass is accusing the Lagos State Government of deliberately distorting the pronouncement of the court on the matter.
“It is trite to state that by virtue of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999 as amended), federal laws in respect of administration of mining activities and utility of inland waterways supersede those of states. In the instance as it affects issues on the exclusive legislative list.” The statement reads.
It however added that “A cursory review of the ruling of the learned justices of the Court of Appeal indicates a clear recognition of the powers and responsibilities of the various arms and organs of government with respect to administration of mining and inland waterways.
”We are therefore at a loss as to why officials of Lagos State Government will willfully attempt to inverse the ruling of the court to suit their much anticipated outcome. The learned justices were clear about the extent and limitation of powers of the various arms of government.”