Amaechi Commends Boss Gida as NIWA Commences River Niger Maintenance Dredging

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Ameachi flagged off the of the maintenance dredging of the River Niger from Ajaokuta to Onitsha and commended the Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Boss Gida Mustapha for looking inwards.

Mr. Amaechi while while flagging off the maintenance dredging at Julius Berger Jetty in Ajaokuta on Friday 28 April 2017 said NIWA was making progress by maintaining the channel in-house, thereby saving the country some billions of Naira.

“This is the best form of administration you can get being ingenious because we don’t have money to pay any contractor. I asked if they have the capacity to do the dredging, why then did we have to commit over N40 billion and we pay N34 billion. Imagine if we mobilize N10 billion for NIWA to do it with its staff, that would save the country N24 billion.

“That amount can build the road from Abaji to Lokoja. That has to do with the management of resources so I must commend the Managing Director of NIWA for his initiative” he said.

Amaechi promised to ensure that NIWA was fully empowered to continue to carry the regular maintenance dredging with bigger and more standard dredgers if he remained the minister.

He said the River Niger was extremely important in terms of economic activities in the North, adding that it was the major river that links the North to the South which will ensure life is brought back in terms of navigation.

He stressed that he hoped to see the full Concession of the Onitsha River Port before the end of the year, completion of the Lokoja River port and supply of cargo handling equipment at Baro River Port.

“These I believe will complement activities at the Lokoja River Port and crest multiple benefits with attendant multiplier effects on the economy, particularly in promoting multi-modal transport and cheaper coastal services across 28 States of the federation.

“With this, National Inland Waterways Authority is now poised to improve the navigability of the waterways, increase the value of water fronts and generate economic activities along the River banks as well as the riverine communities” he said.

He promised that the National Inland Waterways Authority would make their efforts and other Waterway users seamless as possible by further deepening the channels and ensuring that the Ajaokuta-Onitsha route was navigable all the year round.

FG to Launch Dredging of 162km Ajaokuta-Onitsha Waterways

The Nigerian Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has disclosed plans by the federal government to launch the dredging of the 162 km Ajaokuta-Onitsha waterways on April 28, in Kogi.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, Amaechi said that the dredging was an initiative of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).

The Minister commended the Managing Director of NIWA for the initiative, adding that already, the organisation had mobilised its dredgers to carry out maintenance dredging on the Ajaokuta-Onitsha waterways, to ensure smooth navigation of barges and vessels.

“This is a good idea; the NIWA Boss tries to get back our old dredgers to do the dredging by ourselves, not by contract, because we do not have money to award contract.

“Those companies that can use barges can move their freight; it is 2.5 metres raft. We just want the waterways to be navigable,’’ the minister said.

He said that the move would go a long way in facilitating the transportation of freight to the eastern part of the country.

The first phase of the project would include 80 metres radius from the ramp, 250 metres upstream and 50 metres down stream.

Source: Daily Post

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