1n 2008, the Lagos State House of Assembly passed a law to provide for regulation of waterfront infrastructure, sand dealing and dredging operations in the state: The Lagos State Waterfront Infrastructure Development Law, 2009 (LAWID). LAWID empowers the Lagos State Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development to grant permit for sand dredging or dealing within, around and on waterfronts and embankments. It is likely that Lagos State passed the LAWID Law to facilitate commencement of the Eko Atlantic City Project and other coastline alteration projects in lieu of EIA certification from the Federal Ministry of Environment.
Following a barrage of questions, angry outbursts, and hot exchanges among development experts and participants who are deeply concerned about the worsening flooding and climatic conditions in the condition, stakeholders advised the Lagos State government not to see the growing objections as an affront to the project. Many still believed that the Eko Atlantic City Project is “a fantastic idea’… Nevertheless, the wide range of extant social issues and environmental concerns must be addressed. The proponents must be brought back to conform and comply with due process of law and executive /administrative processes.