NIWA pursues development of inland waterways
The new Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Boss Gida Mustapha, has assured of his commitment to developing the nation’s inland waterways.
Mustapha, who made this commitment while taking over the mantle of leadership from the former Acting Managing Director, Danladi Ibrahim, at a ceremony in Lokoja, Kogi State, said, he was determined to uphold the legacy of President Muhammadu Buhari on the development of the waterways.
Mustapha said: “Having the second largest river in Africa, we have no reason not to utilize our inland waterways. I am giving you the assurance that I have come to work and I am confident that giving the enabling environment you will give in your best. We have no reason to fail Mr. President and we also have no reason to fail Nigerians,”
Ibrahim outlined some of the achievements of NIWA since inception from 1998 to include: two years of capital and maintenance dredging of River Niger; completion of rehabilitated of Onitsha River Port, which is undergoing concessioning completion of Baro River Port with cargo handling equipment to be purchased in this year; purchase of patrol boats for security, concessioning of ferries to yield revenue; and purchasing of six clearing water hyacinth equipment among others.