Federal High Court says a state government has no power to legislate on inland waterways
The Federal High Court of Nigeria in Port-Harcourt Judicial Division holding before his Lordship, Hon. Justice I.S Mark in his judgment recently orders that; “A State government has no Authority/Power to legislate and enforce compliance of its legislation that affects the use, management and control of Inland waterways in Nigeria”.
The Court pronouncement stated that such legislative power is exclusively within the control of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) by virtue of the constitution and the Act establishing NIWA by the National Assembly.
The Judge gave the order in Suit No: FHC/PH/CS/142/2022 between Bright Waters Energy Limited (plaintiff) and the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, River State, the Hon. Commissioner of Environment, Rivers State and Petroleum Financial Corporate (PFC) as (defendants).