January 31, 2023

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Court docket bars states from management of inland waterways


A Federal Excessive Court docket in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has reportedly dominated that administration and management of Inland waterways in Nigeria stays completely throughout the management of the Nationwide Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).

NIWA spokesman, Jubril Darda’u, disclosed this in a press assertion.

“The Federal Excessive Court docket of Nigeria within the Port Harcourt Judicial Division holding at Port Harcourt earlier than his Lordship Hon. Justice I.S Mark in his judgment lately orders {that a} state authorities has no authority/energy to legislate on (and implement compliance of its laws that have an effect on) the use, administration and management of Inland waterways in Nigeria as it’s completely throughout the management of Nationwide Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) by advantage of the structure and the Act establishing NIWA by the Nationwide Meeting.

“The choose gave the order within the Swimsuit No: FHC/PH/CS/142/2022 between Brilliant Waters Vitality Restricted (plaintiff) and the Honourable Legal professional-Common and Commissioner for Justice, River State, the Hon. Commissioner of Atmosphere, Rivers State and Petroleum Monetary Company (PFC) as (defendants),” the assertion learn.

There was a operating battle for management of the waterways between some states and the Federal Authorities. A case between the Lagos State Authorities and the Federal Authorities on the management of waterways within the state is awaiting the ruling of the Supreme Court docket.

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