NIWA shows greater commitment to safety on waterways * As Moghalu inspects navigational aids

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NIWA shows greater commitment to safety on waterways

* As Moghalu inspects navigational aids

The Managing Director, National Inland waterways Authority (NIWA), Dr George Moghalu , says the apex regulatory agency on brown water economy, will leave no stone unturned in the quest to ensure accident free water transportation in the country.

He also informed that safety on waterways as a major mandate of NIWA will be pursued with vigour under his watch, as a process to engender confidence among water transportation operators and users, also to attract local and foreign investments.

Speaking after inspecting navigational buoys facilitated by NIWA on Lagos waterways from Marina to Ikorodu, with an on-going phase two from the same Marina, navigating iworo to Badagry,. Dr Moghalu noted that the Lagos template geared towards activating a national water transportation safety architecture.

This, he said will help in emergency rescue operations and provide distressed boats with anchor before help arrives, thus eliminating incidences of crafts drifting on mid waters.

Accompanied by Lagos Area Manager of NIWA, Engineer sarat Lara Braimah and President, Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria ( Atbowaton) Ganiyu Tarzan Balogun, Dr Moghalu assured that NIWA will not fail in its responsibilities to enthrone enduring accident free water transportation signature across littoral states in Nigeria.

Mr Gani Balogun thumped up the initiative by NIWA, describing Dr Moghalu as a man of his words and should be trusted to make water transportation safe and attractive for all end-users.

He said, “At the last stakeholders meeting last year in Lagos, Dr Moghalu promised to ensure a navigable Lagos waterways through provision of buoys, which would not only serve as anchor point for distressed boat operators but will help in providing access and geographical location for rescue efforts; today, we have seen that promised fulfilled. We say more power to his elbows”.

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