By Vic Nnakaike, Lokoja
To boost water transportation even after the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) plans to reduce tariff across the country’s inland waterways as part of its contribution towards revamping the economy,.
George Moghalu, the managing Director, dropped the hint during an interactive session with members of the Kogi State council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) where he disclosed motivating policies to boost water transportation.
He said apart from putting measures in place to improve patronage of the country’s waterways , the reduction in tariff would serve as it’s own contribution to the federal and state government in revamping the economy that is trying to nosedive as a result of Covid19 pandemic.
He said “We are considering a reduction on tariffs payable on our waterways to encourage patronage and serve as our own contribution towards efforts to improve the economy after the Covid19.”
Moghalu equally stated that NIWA would spare no effort towards putting all waterways onto use to reduce pressure on Nigeria roads and airports, adding that the country’s waterways is grossly underutilised as as one three thousand were being put to use out of over ten thousand waterways in the country .