The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has pledged to assist boat operators to take maximum advantage of the 3500 navigable channels across the nation’s inland waterways.
Speaking recently at the Annual General Meeting of the Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATON) held in Abuja, NIWA Managing Director, Dr George Moghalu added that the agency is determined to get containers bearing heavy-duty vehicles out of Nigerian highways to the waters to avoid pressures and damage to roads infrastructure.
“It is sad to see the damage done to our roads by containers bearing heavy-duty vehicles, and which ordinarily can be moved easily through our inland waterways. We shall continue to advocate that such trucks should be kept off the highway and containers and heavy equipment be transported through the waters” he explained.
While commending ATBOWATON members for their long years of dedication and sacrifice for the growth of the water transportation business in Nigeria, the NIWA MD revealed that a contract for the construction of a jetty in Illa, Delta State will be awarded soon.
“No doubt that ATBOWATON is our partner in progress and deserves our support. We at NIWA are happy to see the huge turn-out of boat operators from over twenty states of the federation, an indication that the future of the association and water transportation is bright” Moghalu added.
The NIWA MD also used the opportunity to present an ATBOWATON branded face cap and inducted Mr. Frank Meke, an accomplished maritime and cultural tourism development journalist as a member of the Board Of Trustees of ATBOWATON.
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