Monday, 7 September 2015

NIWA calls for public private partnership

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) called on state governments and the private sector to partner with the agency in providing safe and affordable transportation on the water ways.
The call was made by the NIWA’s Acting Managing Director, Barr. Danladi Ibrahim during a current affairs program ISSUES on Grace 95.5fm Lokoja, the kogi state capital.

 He emphasized that henceforth, NIWA management would begin to collaborate with the Governments of the riverine states to maintain efficient inland waterways services in the country to develop the nation’s inland waterways transport just as it has pledged the full implementation of the national transport code.

The NIWA boss also confirmed that the federal government has awarded the contract of dredging the lower river Benue at the tune of N26billion.

NIWA’s Acting Managing Director,
also called on persons living at flood prone areas to relocate to higher grounds. 

General Manager, Corporate Services, National Inland Waterways Authority, Mr Tayo Fadile who was also a guest on the program said the dredging of the River Niger was completed last year and its channels opened for use.
According to him, when put to proper use, the channel would go a long way to boost water transportation in the country and reduce the over dependence on road.

It would recalled that the Federal Government awarded the N35bn dredging contract to six contractors in 2009.

NIWA’s Acting Managing Director, Barr. Danladi Ibrahim