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Five months after he assumed office, the Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Dr. George Moghalu, has finally deemed it appropriate to meet with the Lagos stakeholders.
A similar stakeholders’ meeting in Lagos which was hyped by the Lagos office of NIWA last November was eventually canceled when Chief Moghalu didn’t show up as the scheduled meeting was later disowned by the Chief executive.
However, this time around, Chief Moghalu is billed to engage boat operators, dredgers and all maritime stakeholders in an expanded meeting on Friday, March 13th, 2020.
This is contained in a release made available to our correspondent by the Technical Adviser on media to the Lagos Area Manager, Engr. Sarat Braimah
The meeting which is slated for 9:30 in the morning is scheduled to hold in Lagos.
“The Lagos area manager, NIWA, Mrs. Sarat Braimah is pleased to invite you to the stakeholders meeting. “High point: a special media chat with the MD, NIWA, chief Dr, George Moghalu.”
The belated meeting has come on the heel of the recent worries which this platform had expressed over the uncanny inactivity at NIWA since Chief Moghalu took over in October 2019.
Since then, however, there has been a flurry of activities from the agency which suggests that the agency has finally roused from its inaction.
Apart from the Friday Lagos engagement, Chief Moghalu has promised to work with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and other relevant government agencies on the need to avoid overlapping functions and possible double taxation of waterways operators as NIWA is set to commence licensing boat and other allied Operators.
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