Tourist Boat Operators celebrate outstanding achievements

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Tourist Boat Operators celebrate outstanding achievements

* Lauds NIWA Lagos area manager on efficiency

Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria ( Atbowaton), over the weekend in Lagos, took time out to recount the many manifold blessings of God to their effectual growth and development.

At a party organised to appreciate God, its members and stakeholders, the Lagos wing of the private sector national boat operators body says the quest to remain united , resourceful and obedient to extant regulatory expectations on the waterways contributed to far reaching measures to the association’s modest achievements.

Mr Gani Tarzan Balogun, National President of the association, commended the Lagos chapter Chairman, Alhaji Lawal Babatunde for effectively turning around the fortunes of Lagos body in short time, nothing that the unity of purpose exhibited by the leadership, is worthy of emulation by other atbowaton chapters leadership all over the country.

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Area Manager, in Lagos, Mrs sarat Lara Braimah, represented by Engineer Seye Okaga, praised the efforts of Lagos atbowaton, urging the leadership to ensure that members discharge their operational expectations to the admiration of all stakeholders.

She advised the association to continue improving on services to water transportation users and also be responsive to NIWA’s guidelines.

Earlier in his address, Alhaji Lawal Babatunde, paid glowing tribute to the founding State Chairman, High Chief Akingbolu, whose leadership impacted positively on Lagos chapter, which Chief Akingbolu grew from ten to twenty three sub – chapters in six years.

He noted that under his watch, he has increased the capacity to engage rural reach and activities of the association from twenty three to thirty two sub chapters structure, a process that has improved communication and relationship within the organisation.

His other notable achievements within three years on the saddle include opening of the State chapter account with Zenith Bank, establishment of office at NIWA’s marina jetty, training and retraining of members in partnership with regulatory agencies, issuance of identification cards to registered members and a mandatory list of verifiable operators in Lagos.

Alhaji lawal Babatunde also listed the regular rotation of meetings to all sub-chapter areas as a focal achievement, which helped to grow unity among the members, adding that regular payment of dues to the national body shows that Lagos State chapter can be trusted to contribute to atbowaton national growth.

Praising from Engineer Sarat Lara Braimah, Atbowaton would have entered murky waters of boat transportation business.

“We want to thank NIWA for the support in the past years even before I became Chairman. We cannot forget. Also to our national President, Mr Ganiyu Tarzan Balogun, who carried our burden for over three decades and still doing so today”, Alhaji lawal Babatunde further stated.

He prayed for accident free 2022 and encouraged all members to be law abiding. The association also released its position on the funding of national body, which was read by Lagos Secretary, Mr Aworetun Ayo.

Notable big players like only God and Texas connection ferry were in attendance.

L – R : Alhaji Babatunde Lawal, Lagos chapter Chairman, Ganiyu Tarzan Balogun National President and representative of Texas connection ferry Mr Balogun at the occasion :

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