NIWA deploys swamp devils to break blockage of navigational routes in Lagos

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has deployed three swamp devils to break and unlock the blockage of navigational routes in Lagos state.

Form Epe to Badagry and Ikorodu, water weeds have affected transportation, and has brought untold hardship to both commuters and boat operators.

At Ikorodu jetty, where NIWA officials have been stationed to stem the weed tide and growth, boat operators applauded the round the clock presence of the swamp devils and called for an effective solution to the seasonal presence of water hyacinth in the state.

Ganiyu Balogun, president Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATION), lauded NIWA.

He said without the presence of swamp devil machines, water transportation would have been grounded in the state.

He promised that his association will partner with the agency to ensure free flow of movement throughout the festive period and beyond.

Mauzu Sambo, Lagos area manager of NIWA, disclosed that NIWA will soon deploy its massive and giant water weeds harvester in addition to the swamp devils as part of the strategy to stem the menace of water hyacinth on Lagos waterways.

“NIWA as eye of the federal government will find a solution to this development,” he said.

“We are not satisfied with any palliative arrangement and that is why our team is stationed here until we eradicate and provide solution to end users, particularly at a period like this when Lagosians and their families would want to visit friends and others heading to beaches.

Source: The Cable

Boss Mustapha vows to reposition NIWA for optimum performance

Managing Director of Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority, NIWA, Alhaji Boss Mustapha, has expressed his determination to reposition the agency for optimum performance.

Alhaji Mustapha stated this during a chat with the Chairman of Nigeria International Ports and Terminal, NIMPORT, Development Promotion group, Mr Fortune Idu. He said that the authority would soon be taking its rightful place in waterways development and reposition the agency to meet the expected target. Idu was at the NIWA headquarters in Lokoja to begin discussions with the agency on their future programmes and how it will be captured in the development and promotion plans of NIMPORT 2017 exhibition, which is scheduled to hold in August 2017 in Lagos.

Mustapha said that plans were in top gear to give NIWA a face lift as the agency was being repositioned to meet its mandate. “The Act that set up NIWA empowers it to improve and develop inland waterways for navigation and as an alternative mode of transportation for the evacuation of economic goods and persons. It has been observed that NIWA in the past years had been faced with several developmental challenges, from reduced revenue allocation from the central government to indiscriminate usurping of its duties by some other agencies and state governments leading to unregulated activities within and around the corridors of Nigerian waterways,” he said.

Source: Vanguard

Tender Notice


The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Transportation (FMOT) with Headquarters at Lokoja, Kogi State in line with the Public Procurement Act, 2007 hereby invites reputable and experienced contractors to submit Tender (Technical & Financial) for the under-listed projects in the year 2016 Budget Appropriation.


Lot 1: Control Extension on Navigable Inland Waterways (Coastal Areas)
Lot 2: River Training Works on Navigable Inland Waterways
Lot 3: Topographic and Bathymetric Surveys


Lot 1: Supply and Installation of IT Equipment
Lot 2: Provision of Wireless Connectivity
Lot 3: Provision of Internet Facilities/Bandwidth Subscription in NIWA Headquarters and Area Offices

Details of scope of works for all the projects above shall be provided in the Tender (Bidding) documents.


  • Evidence of Incorporation/Registration with CAC;
  • Evidence of Corporate registration with SURCON(Survey Projects);
  • Company’s Current Tax Clearance for the last 3 years (i.e. 2013-2015);
  • Company’s Audited Account for the last 3 years (2013-2015) Certified by Chartered Accountant/Auditor;
  • VAT Registration (copy of certificate required) and Evidence of remittance in the last 3 years to be attached;
  • Evidence of financial capacity to execute the project and bank reference supporting such claim;
  • Evidence of registration on the Database of Contracts, Consultants and Services providers by inclusion of the Interim Registration Report (IRR) issued by BPP i line with provisions of Section 5(h) of the PPA, 2007;
  • Evidence of similar, verifiable and successfully executed projects or on-going by the company with Letters of Award and completion certificates i.e. the last 5 years. Letters of Award and Interim Certificates of payment should be attached for projects that are on-going;
  • Evidence of compliance certificate in line with the provision of section 6 (10 (3) of the amended Industrial Training Fund (ITF) act no. 19 of 2011;
  • Current certificate of compliance issued by the National Pension Commission, in line with Pension Reform Act, 2004;
  • List of equipment owned or on leasehold by the company relevant for the execution of the project (evidence of ownership and pictures with Company logo is and added advantage);
  • Detailed Company Profile;
  • A statement of declaration of Affidavit attesting to the fact that none of the bidder’s company Directors/Principal Officers has been convicted of any criminal offenses/confirmation of legal capacity to enter contract. Also, the affidavit must affirm that all information presented in the Tender are true and correct of the company, and no officer off the Authority is a former or present director, shareholder or has pecuniary interest in the bid.

Interested companies are to pay a non-refundable fee ₦20,000.00 (Twenty Thousand Naira only) in Bank draft made payable in favour of “National Inland Waterways Authority” to enable company collect Tender (Technical & financial Bid) documents from the Procurement Unit.

Completed Prequalification and Financial Bid Documents should be written in English Language, signed, sealed and marked “CONFIDENTIAL” and packaged separately and together in one large envelop. Each envelope should be clearly marked accordingly to indicate prequalification and Financial Bid with “project Title respectively and address to:

The Managing Director,
National Inland Waterways Authority
Headquarters, Adankolo New Layout, Lokoja, Kogi State.

All Tender (technical and Financial) documents should be hand-delivered into “Tender Box” at the NIWA Headquarters, not later than 12:00noon on Tuesday 29th November 2016, The submission register must be signed at the point of submission.

Only Technical documents shall be opened on Tuesday 29th November 2016 immediately after closure of submission at 12;000 noon at the conference Hall of NIWA Headquarters, Lokoja. All Bidders and/or their representatives, relevant professional bodies and NGOs are invited to witness the opening exercise.

Only companies who were adjudged successful in the Technical Evaluation shall have their Financial bids opened at a date to be communicated to those concerned.


  1. Submission of Tender documents to NIWA is neither a commitment nor an obligation to award contract to any contractor or his agent;
  2. Advertisement for invitation for prequalification and Financial Bid should not be construed as a commitment on the part of NIWA or shall it entitle any contractor to make claim whatever or seek any indemnity from NIWA;
  3. Due diligence would be observed as all documented claims by the contractors are subject to verification;
  4. NIWA reserves the right to take final decision on any of the documents received for this tender process;
  5. Late submission of Tender shall be rejected.
  6. Tenderers are to provide Evidence of registration with SURCON for Survey projects.
  7. This advertisement generally is to be read in conjunction with the soliciting document to be issued upon the purchase of Tender
  8. Original documents submitted for this Tender should be available for sighting on demand in course of the procurement process.

General Manager, (Procurement)

President Buhari Appoints Gida Mustapha as NIWA MD

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr. Boss Gida Mustapha, as the new Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).

This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday 23rd of June, by the Director (Press) in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Bolaji Adebiyi.

The new appointment, the statement said, is for a term of four (4) years in the first instance.

It also disclosed that Mr. Mustapha is a lawyer with extensive experience in both private and public sectors in management positions.

NIWA Urges LASG to Obey Court Order on Dredging

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has urged the Lagos State Government to obey a Federal High Court judgement restricting it from regulating commercial activities of dredgers in the state.

The Lagos Area Manager of NIWA, Mr Mu’azu Sambo made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos.

Sambo was reacting to some guidelines issued by the Dredging and Monitoring Unit of the Lagos State Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development (MWFID).

The ministry said that the guidelines regulating dredging activities in the state had been in existence for long but the operators had not adhered to it.

It said that the state government intended to regulate dredging activities to protect the interest of the state.

The area manager said the court ruled in 2014 that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and NIWA were the proper and lawful agencies allowed to regulate the dredgers.

He explained that the court, therefore, restrained the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) and the Lagos State Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructural Development from collecting and imposing charges on dredgers.

“Mineral, mining, oil and water resources are controlled by the Federal Government and are in the exclusive legislative list of the Constitution.

“There is due diligence in the process of obtaining permits or licences from NIWA, NIMASA and the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development,” the NIWA chief said.

Sambo said that both the state and local governments received monthly allocations from the Federation Account, into which all revenues including sand dredging revenues were paid.

“The state governments should therefore be satisfied with their allocations, ” he said.

The area manager said that NIWA was ever ready to work in collaboration with the state government to ensure a peaceful and safe working environment for dredgers.

He said that NIWA would not allow the state to flout extant laws and judicial pronouncement.

Sambo decried both the activities of illegal dredgers and the multiple levies being imposed on the dredgers by the state government.

“I am not happy with illegal activities and multiple levies imposed on dredgers in the state because NIWA is in charge of regulating all commercial activities on the waterways.

“The authority’s (NIWA) priority is to ensure that operators work in accordance with the rules and regulations and to also ensure smooth running of commercial activities on the waterways.

The area manager said that NIWA would continue to be in the fore front in addressing and regulating all commercial activities on nation’s waterways in line with the constitution.