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