The Lagos State Government has once again regretted the infiltration of illegal sand dredging companies in different parts of the State, declaring that it will launch a crackdown on all illegal dredging sites.
By announcing a zero tolerance policy on illegal dredging activities statewide at his office in Alausa, Ikeja, the Commissioner of Energy and Mineral Resources, Engr. Olalere Odusote insisted that all dredging companies within Lagos state must have the approval of the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development before operating in Lagos.
He added that an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIA), Sand Search Report, Bathymetric and Hydrographic Report, Recognition Plan and Proof of Ownership / Sublease of the land that is being dredged, among others, are requirements to grant permission to any dredging company in Lagos.
The Commissioner said that dredging companies that are operating without any of the aforementioned documents or selling wet sand would face legal proceedings.
His words: ” The sale of wet sand is totally prohibited in the state of Lagos; Any dredging company that sells wet sand will be processed. Apart from this, the transport of wet sand is also not allowed. Any truck carrying wet sand will be seized and auctioned by the Ministry ” .
He also revealed that trucks hauling sand and parked on expressways within Lagos state will no longer be tolerated, and said such vehicles would be towed and auctioned by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.
Speaking about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Engr. Odusote indicated that all dredging companies within Lagos state will be required to submit an annual proof of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects undertaken within the community where they operate.
While emphasizing that all roads leading to the dredging sites will be maintained by the dredging companies at that specific location, Odusote stated that sanctions will be imposed on the dredging companies for non- compliance with health, safety and environmental regulations ( HSE).