The Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), has said that appropriate technical and stakeholders engagement would be required before approval can be given to the Nigeria Army Property Company Limited (NAPCL) and Tauraf International Limited who are joint venture partners to the proposed Apple Island.
The Joint Venture Partners, to the Island project are bent on re-writing all known and existing rules on dredging and reclamation projects as in the proposed Apple Island within the Lagos Lagoon waterways which has a planned access through the high-brow Banana Island.
The company is embarking on this project with zero compliance to the extant Laws and by-laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Lagos State on the project as it is unraveling that it is becoming one of the biggest impunity to be exhibited by a government agency on the people they are to protect and who actually pay the tax from which they are maintained.
Sometimes in June 2018, an elaborate arrangement was made by the NAPCL and Tauraf International Limited as directed by its Managing Director, Brigadier Muhammed, and under the Chairmanship of the Chief of Army Staff General, Buratai to officially launch Apple Island on the waters were no land existed . Other partners to the project are Julius Berger and Van Oord. The property of Banana Island was destroyed in the desperation to demonstrate viability to the Chief of Army Staff.
This act of the Nigeria Army, through its agency, put the residents of the estate under serious mental siege as they felt their rights were being trampled upon by a commercial enterprise irrespective of being a commercial off shoot of the Nigeria Army. Their anger got manifested when General Buratai visited as he was embarrassed by the placard carrying residents because he was under assumption that all necessary process and procedures for creating a new Island were followed.