By Victoria Nnakaike, Lokoja
Shpwreck is now a regular feature on Nigeria waterways, so says the Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA). NIWA says it has thus commenced enforcement of shipyard operations and boat building regulation to curtail incidence of boat mishap.
George Moghalu, the Managing Director of NIWA disclosed this on Thursday, during the grand finale of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) jog state chapter, press week of 2020 .
Represented by Engr Joseph Ororo, General Manager, Marine Services, Mog half said that in the recent times incidents of boat mishap on the nation’s inland waterways have become rampant and therefore required urgent measures to curtail it, adding that most developed economies of world recognised the importance of inland water transportation and had gone ahead to exploit it to their advantage.
Moghalu also disclosed that Nigeria was yet to take full advantage of inland transportation, adding that effforts were on top gear to transform the sector , saying it remains cheap , safe and cost effective and equally brings down cost of haulage.
He said “Under the watch of Moghalu, NIWA is repositioning itself for enhanced water transportation. We are building vessels , we have started training and retraining of host operators to reduce incidences of boat mishap”.
The NIWA boss therefore solicits for the cooperation of the NUJ to support the NIWA in itself efforts of enabling Nigeria n’s to be guided by the regulations.
“We all know the importance of journalists in the society , no news can get the desired impact on the society without you disseminating it”.
He equally described the theme of the NUJ press week as apt ” Inland Water Transportation the Untapped Potential in Nigeria Economy”.