Lagos reads the Riot Act to illegal sand dredgers

Lagos State Government has read the Riot Act to illegal sand dredgers, with a warning to prosecute any company violating the rules.

Besides, the state authority declared that it would commence a clamp down exercise on all illegal dredging sites in Lagos State.

Announcing a zero tolerance policy on sales of wet and illegal dredging activities in the state, the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Engr. Olalere Odusote, insisted that all dredging companies within Lagos State must have Federal Ministry of Mines & Steels’ approval before they would be allowed to operate.

He added that Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIA), Sand Search Report, Bathymetric Survey & Hydrographic report, Survey Plan and Proof of Ownership/Sub Lease on the land where dredging site is located among others are other requirements needed for operation by any dredging company in the state.

The commissioner maintained that dredging companies found dredging without any of the above listed documents or selling wet sand would face prosecution.

“The sale of wet sand is totally banned in Lagos State; any dredging company selling wet sand shall be prosecuted. Apart from this, the transportation of wet sand is also not allowed; any truck carrying wet sand shall be seized and auctioned by the ministry. “

He also disclosed that trucks carrying sand and parked on the express roads within Lagos State will no longer be tolerated, saying that such trucks would be towed away and auctioned by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Speaking on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Odusote stated that all dredging companies within Lagos State, would henceforth, be requested to submit yearly proof of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the community they operate to the ministry.

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