The Engineering Services Department is directly concerned with NIWA statutory responsibility to provide a minimum requirement for all year round – navigation by increasing the waterways carrying capacity and safety for bulk cargoes transport by barges and other river going vessels.

Engineering Services Department is charged with the responsibility of overseeing the major programmes of the Authority such as Dredging and River Training Works, River Ports and Jetties Development, General River Engineering and other Civil Works of the Authority.

Its principal duties can be summarized as hereunder:

I. Hydraulics/Hydrological Engineering:
a. Acquisition and processing of hydrological data.
b. Gauge installation and maintenance
c. Design of hydraulic structures,
d. Design of river improvement works; including River Training Works (RTW) and bank stabilization works,
e. River flow measurement.

II. Capital and Maintenance Dredging
a. Channel improvement
b. Restoration of LAD and channel crossings

III. Sedimentological Studies
a. Study of sediment sources and transport
b. Study and survey of bank erosion

IV. Morphological Studies
a. Observation and study of river development and behavior

V. Ports, Jetties and Ramp Developments.
a. Design, construction and maintenance of Ports, Jetties and Ferry Ramps facilities.

VI. Project Management & Consultancy Services


The Marine Department is one of the eight departments presently in the Authority and one of the main Operations departments.

The Department has two main divisions:
(i) Dockyard Services; and
(ii) Navigation Services.

Under the dockyard services are the Marine Engineering activities in general that is the maintenance of the two dockyards at Warri and Lokoja; and all other workshops. Under the Navigation Division are clearing of wrecks/derelicts, running operation of all river crafts and Pollution Control Unit which is responsible for the clearing of Aquatic weeds including water hyacinth and other pollution control activities.


The Administration Department of the Authority is statutorily and largely made up of the following divisions:-

i. Appointments, promotions and discipline (APD)
ii. Training/staff welfare
iii. Pension/gratuity
iv. Registry/Records
v. Area Offices co-ordinations
vi. Anti-corruption and transparency

The basic functions and responsibilities of the Department is:

i. Co-ordinate the appointment of new staff, promotion, upgrading and conversion of existing/serving staff;
ii. Handle all training proposals and programmes of the Authority;
iii. Enforce rules and regulations concerning the Authority as they relate to staff behavior;
iv. Co-ordinate and implement staff welfare scheme(s);
v. Maintenance of staff records (i.e. Nominal Roll).
vi. Control the transport unit/pool vehicles.
vii. Co-ordinate the maintenance of all office equipment
viii. Prepare annual personnel budgets;
ix. Co-ordinate all matters relating to preparations and updating of the Authority’s Conditions of Service and Scheme of Service.


The Survey Department is a technical operation department of the Authority. The functions of the department are anchored to the statutory roles and functions of the Authority.

The Survey Department provides all land and hydrographic surveying products and services, and any other related services that are vital for actualizing the National Transport Policy and NIWA’s corporate objectives.

The Department has the following sections to carry out its activities:
• Hydrographic Section – this section handles the determination of water depth, contours along the bottom, the direction of the current, water discharge, water level marks, underwater and shore landmarks that may aid in navigation the waterways.

• Lands Section – this section handles cadastral activities which includes those within the right-of-way.

• Remote Sensing / Cartographic / Geographic Information System (GIS) Section – handles information system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial data.

• Buoyage Section – handles the specifications, deployment and retrieval of systems of buoys and sinkers required for the marking of waterway channels for safe navigations.

• Patrol & Waterways Section – provides information on security situations of waterways, marine emergencies, waterways infrastructures such as traffic signs and symbols.

• Radio & Wireless Section – responsible for collating and disseminating river information for safe navigations.

Research, Planning and Environment

The Department has three (3) divisions:
i. Research
ii. Planning, and
iii. Environment

It is responsible for data gathering, processing and management. The department also handles Policy issues and budget preparations, project monitoring and evaluation. It also takes charge of all environmental issues relating to the Authority’s Projects – Impact Assessment, Monitoring and Mitigation.

Furthermore, the department has responsibility for four (4) other service-wide units:
• Health, Safety and Environment (HSE)
• Public Private partnership (PPP)

Finance and Accounts

The Finance and Accounts Department is headed by a General Manager and supported by a Deputy General Manager, two (2) Assistant General Managers, a Principal Manager, a Senior Manager, two (2) Managers and other staff members. The Department is made up of Seven Sections namely: Cash Office, Salary, Expenditure, Checking, Final Account, Revenue and Investments.

Functions of the department

1. Processing and Payment of Salary and Wages
2. Reconciliation of Bank Accounts for the Authority’s transactions with Banks
3. Processing and Payments of Contracts and Staff Claims
4. Preparation of various monthly Accounting Reports
5. Collection and Monitoring of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR)
6. Preparation and Processing of all Payment Vouchers in readiness for Payment
7. Handling of all Tax matters with Federal Inland Revenue Services, State and Local Government Tax Offices in the Country
8. Processing Payments and Remittances of Operating Surplus and other imposed remittances by the Federal Government
9. Any other duties that may be assigned by the Managing Director/Accounting Officer of the Authority


In line with the Public Procurement Act of 2007, the Procurement Department of the Authority was set up in February, 2007 with a view to ensuring that the procurement functions of the Authority are carried out in conformity with the relevant statutory regulations.

Statutory Roles:

The Department is mandated to:
i. Harmonize existing government policies and practices on Public Procurement to ensure probity, accountability and transparency;
ii. Establish pricing standards and benchmarks;
iii. Ensure the application of fair, competitive, transparent, value-for-money standards and practices for the procurement and disposal of public assets and services;


The Unit reports directly to the Managing Director. It carries out day-to-day prepayment of all expenditure and advise the Managing Director on matters relating to Auditing the operation of the Authority.

The Unit is also responsible for quarterly monitoring of projects and revenues in all the Authority’s locations across the country.

The Internal Audit co-ordinate issues relating to External Audit matters and Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly.

Functions and Responsibilities:

i. To ensure effective control on the operations and Accountability for all funds, property and other resources for which the Authority responsible
ii. Ensure that proper internal control systems are in place to take care of fraud, and other abuses.
iii. The Unit ensure that reliability and dependability of information and data and enhanced.
iv. To ensure sound policy are in place for both financial and non-financial resources to form the basis of decisions by the Management
v. The Internal Audit carry out the verification of Assets and ensure the stocktaking of such assets.
vi. The Unit ensure the monitoring of projects. It equally monitors revenue collection and ensure the payment of same into Government Accounts.
vii. The Internal Audit also carry out post Payment audit of the books of Accounts.
viii. Carry Out and other duties assigned by the Chief Executive.

Corporate Affairs Unit

The unit is under the office of the Managing Director. It performs its statutory responsibilities as follows:

1. managing the overall corporate affairs of the Authority
2. Offering advice to the management in Public affairs and protocols
3. ensuring cordial relationship between the media and the Authority
4. Printing/Publishing of in-house newsletters, brochures, pamphlets, journals etc.

Legal Unit

The Legal Services Unit is one of the units under the Managing Director being coordinated by the General Manager Legal Services/Company Secretary & Legal Adviser. The Unit has 8 Officers and is statutorily and largely charged with the following:-

1. To render Legal Advice and provide effective operational solutions for the Authority.
2. Participate in negotiations and drafting of Contract Agreements.
3. To develop a Standard Contract and Proceeding in accordance with Due Process etc.