OPEN LETTER TO SANWOOLU TO AVERT BREAKDOWN OF LAW IN LAGOS
12 January 2024
Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu,
The Executive Governor,
RE:MOT/AG. 2937/T58. LAGOS STATE TRUCKS AND CARGO COMMITTEE.
The above subject matter refers to
I am writing to you today to express my deep concern about the creation of a committee that is aimed at acting against the activities of our unions and associations in the maritime transport industry. As a member of this industry, it becomes a matter of concern that despite our protest letter to your office and advice to the ministry of transportation against its resolve on the creation of this committee, we received through a letter of appointment from members of the committee a plot against the activities of our association. The letter emanating from the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, signed by the special adviser to the governor of transportation, Hon. Sola Giwa, whose interest and partisanship have been greatly mentioned in our leadership crisis that resulted in the on-going litigation, can best be described as a recipy for the crisis and the breakdown of the law as an order within our industry and in Lagos State.
The members of the said committee are also members of the same association where the leadership contest is a subject of litigation. The imposition of these individuals under the guise of a committee of the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation to supervise the activities of our association is in contempt of a court process, and it’s unacceptable.
In the letter, part of the committee’s mandate is a collection of harmonised fee. This harmonised fee is not a Lagos State government levy. It was agreed upon by unions and associations in our collaboration known as the National Association of Maritime Transport Operators ( NAMTOP) ; as such, the ministry lacks jurisdiction on such collection.
The only government levy in Lagos State is the wharf landing fee. This fee became a law and came into operation as a harmonised fee in 2007 for maritime transport operators and it has since been respected. Setting up a committee to “adopt and ensure the payment of a harmonised fee as approved by the Lagos State government” as contained in the “terms of reference” of the said committee is provocative.
We shall use every legal means to protest against the activities of this said committee which will amount to double taxation, imposition of leadership on our association, contempt of court and a conduct that may lead to breach of public peace.
We plead with your Excellency, to call Hon Sola Giwa and officers of the Lagos State Ministry of transportation to order.
Adisa Moshood Olaitan
National Association of Maritime Transport Operators (NAMTOP)
- The Inspector General of Police.
- The Director of State Services,
- The Attorney General,
Lagos State Ministry of justice.