The new Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Mr Boss Mida Mustapha, has assured that the agency will strategically grow new business across the Nigerian inlands waterways by embarking on wealth creating infrastructure that will boost water transportation in the country.
Addressing the staff of Lagos area office of the federal agency saddled with the responsibility of regulating inland waterways transportation in Nigeria, the NIWA boss urged the workers to be ready for new challenges through creation of wealth and not to be seen only as revenue collectors.
He urged the staff and management to think out of the box, deal with the visible stagnation in NIWA and join hands with him to deliver to Nigerians a highly visible, revitalised and technically efficient organisation that the nation can be proud of.
“We must show competence and not lose sight of the component of national development through waterways and this we must unlock strategically to encourage small businesses in the riverine communities and states to thrive,” Mustapha explained,
“The expectations of change in work ethics will be backed with staff welfare and opportunities of training to generate new revenue lines.”
He assured the staff that he has got the character, ability and capacity to deliver a new NIWA and challenged them to also recreate themselves in the agency so that their children and those yet unborn would wish to become part of the legacy story of NIWA.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Lagos area manager of NIWA, Mr Muazu Sambo, told the new NIWA boss that his office had compiled the needs of the area office and sent to the NIWA headquarters and appreciate the new boss for visiting Lagos first among all area offices. Sambo also led NIWA boss and his manager, legal services and Secretary of NIWA Board, Alhaji Ibrahim Danladi to visit selected NIWA private sector stakeholders in Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Maroko and Lekki areas of Lagos.
Mustapha however took time out to visit some boat and jetty operators who are in public private sector partnership with NIWA among them are Tarzan Jetty, Texas connection, BICS Garden and Boat Club, Maroko boat jetty and Gracefield Island, Lekki.