NIWA to reposition Inland Waterways operations

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  • Commends Atbowaton, Frank meke.

Nigeria Inland Waterways will be redefined to play strategic roles in movement of good and services across the country. Towards this end, the organised Boat Operators and Water Transporters have been tasked to take advantage of the navigable channels to open and expand opportunities for water transportation economy.

The Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Dr George Moghalu, disclosed that there is still a national question on what Nigerian Boat Operators have done with three thousand, five hundred navigable channels across the country, promising to assist boat Operators to find their bearings.

Speaking at the Annual General meeting of Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria ( Atbowaton) held, at Gombe jewel hotel, Abuja, Dr Moghalu stated that NIWA is determined to get containers bearing heavy duty vehicles out of Nigerian highways to the waters, to avoid pressures and damage to roads infrastructure.

” It is sad to see the damage done to our roads by containers bearing heavy duty vehicles, and which ordinarily can be moved easily through our Inland Waterways. We shall continue to advocate that such trucks should be kept off the highway, containers and heavy equipment be transported through the waters” he explained.

Moghalu revealed that a contract for construction of a jetty in illa, Delta state will be awarded soon, commending Atbowaton members for long years of dedication and sacrifice for the growth of water transportation business in Nigeria.

” No doubt Atbowaton is our partner in progress and deserves our support, we at NIWA are happy to see the huge turn out of Atbowaton members from over twenty States, an indication that the future of the association and Water transportation is bright” he added.

Moghalu who presented an Atbowaton branded face Cap and inducted Mr Frank meke, an accomplished maritime and Cultural tourism development Journalist as a member, Board Of Trustees of Atbowaton, commended the selfless service and passion to which Mr Meke brought to bear in reporting marine transportation, as well as tourism.

Earlier, the President of Atbowaton Mr, Gani Tarzan Balogun, praised the efforts of NIWA in changing the narratives of water transportation in Nigeria, also carrying the association along in its programmes across the country.

Other dignitaries at the well attended meeting, were the Acting President, Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), Mr Nkerewuem onung, Mrs Susan Akporiaye President National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) and Justina Ovat, President, Women in Hospitality.

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