Moghalu pledges improved safety on waterways for increased confidence in passengers.


Segun Oladipupo

The Managing Director, National Inland waterways Authority (NIWA), Dr George Moghalu has vowed to ensure accident-free waterways transportation in Nigeria.

The NIWA boss added that the authority would pursue safety on waterways with vigour as its major mandate under his administration.

According to him, the assurance of safety would engender confidence among water transport operators and passengers as well as to attract both local and foreign investments.

This is contained in a press statement made available to nigeriamaritime360.com on Tuesday.

Dr. Moghalu made the pledge after inspecting navigational buoys facilitated by NIWA on Lagos waterways  from Marina to Ikorodu, with an ongoing phase two from same Marina, navigating iworo to Badagry.

Dr Moghalu noted that the  Lagos template, geared towards  activating a national water transportation safety architecture, will further help in emergency rescue operations and provide distressed boats an anchor before help arrives, thus eliminating incidences of crafts drifting on mid waters.

Accompanied by Lagos Area Manager of NIWA, Engr. Sarat Lara Braimah and President, Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATON), Ganiyu Tarzan Balogun, Dr Moghalu assured that NIWA will not fail in its responsibilities to enthrone enduring accident-free water transportation signature across littoral states in Nigeria.

Mr Gani Balogun thumped up the NIWA initiative, saying that Dr Moghalu is a man  of his words and should be trusted to make water transportation safe and attractive for all end users.

“At the last stakeholders meeting last year in Lagos, Dr Moghalu promised to  ensure a navigable Lagos waterways through provision of buoys which would not only serve as an anchor point for distressed boat operators but will help provide access and geographical location to rescue efforts and today, we have seen that promised fulfilled and we say more grease to his elbows”  an excited Mr Balogun stated.

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