A Lagos based lawyer has petitioned the Chairman of Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area, over allegation of unlawful take-over and reassignment of Miracle Beach Jetty for barge operations.
Acting on behalf of the Registered Trustees of the United Sand Dealers Association (RTUSDA), within the area designated and known as Miracle Beach Zone 10 by Festac Mile 2 Link Bridge, Amuwo-Odofin, the lawyer, O. A. Fashugba, stated that the local government acted in total disregard of RTUSDA interest and rights.
“It is instructive to note that prior to the concession of the portion in dispute, no official communication from the office of the Chairman of the local government was made to our client. Moreso, the siting of the operation of barge services at the miracle beach will adversely obstruct the right of way of other users and operators along the waterways from other communities stretching towards Isolo, Ijegun, Ejigbo and Okota,” the petitioners argued.
The lawyer further said the concerns expressed by the Association was to prevent the recurrence of a similar scenario at the mile 2 Jetty, where an attempt to site a barge at the Jetty led to civil unrest, boat mishaps and payment of compensation to the boat owners.
According to him, the incident resulted from the damage to their boats by the barge operators, which eventually led to the shutting down of the barge operation at the jetty.
However, the Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Waterfront and Infrastructure in Alausa, Mrs. Ileyemi, claimed she has not received the petition and that she is just hearing of it for the first time.
“I can only work on what I have received and there is nothing I can do or say since I have not received the said petition,” she said.