NIWA signs MOU with Lagos State to end Waterways dispute

The dispute between National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and Lagos State over the control of waterways came to an end on Monday after both parties signed an agreement of cooperation.

Officials of the National Inland Waterways Authority were led by Managing Director, Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora, for the ratification of the treaty at the office of the Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The treaty will guarantee a better working relationship between NIWA and the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA).

The row over the control of waterways surrounding Lagos started more than 10 years ago between NIWA and LASWA, with both parties locking horns in a protracted legal battle. With the new agreement, both parties will now have a joint responsibility to ensure safety, harmonise tariffs and monitor regulations on the waterways.

After signing the agreement, Sen. Mamora said the agreement was signed in good faith and in the best interest of the people. Governor Sanwo-Olu said the development implied the unlocking of investment in water transportation, which is one of the cardinal projects of his administration.

NIWA appeals to maritime operators over unpaid dues

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has appealed to maritime operators to remit their relevant dues to the authority to enhance service delivery.

The Warri Area Manager of NIWA, Mr Shaba Afeso made the appeal on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Warri.

Afeso said that a lot of the authority’s clients were not responding properly in terms of remittance of their dues.

According to him, though the authority is committed to providing good services to its clients, that will only be possible when the maritime operators pay their dues promptly.

“We are appealing that our clients should pay up their relevant dues to the authority so that we can serve them better and also contribute our quota to the economy.

“Most of our clients have no reason not to comply with payment, we appreciate their challenges but they should also appreciate our challenges too,’’ Afeso said.

According to him, the dues include, the use of jetties, registration of any kind of vessel plying the Nigeria waterways.

“Others are dues in respect of dredging, Well head cleaning, drilling, installation of Well head, use of right of way, registration of water equipment among others,” he added.

The NIWA chief also identified the abandonment of wrecked vessels and badges on the waterways as another major challenge the authority is contending with.

Afeso said the authority had made public announcement through mass media in Delta, urging owners of the wrecked vessels to evacuate them but to no avail.

“We have informed our clients through radio, television and newspapers in Delta that they should remove their wreckages and we gave them an ultimatum that elapsed in May.

“We made them to know that when we remove the wreckages for them, it will automatically become the properties of the government.

“In the interest of peace, we are still appealing that they should go and remove their wreckages. We have our own checklist of the owners,” he said.

Afeso advised the owners to apply to NIWA for verification of ownership of the wreckages, adding that once it was certified, the owner could proceed and evacuate it from the waterways.

He warned that any that any attempt to circumvent the procedure would attract appropriate sanctions as provided by law.

Source: The Guardian

Installation of Baro River Port Cargo Handling Equipment Completed

The Baro river port Cargo handling equipment installation has been completed and this is official.

The MD/CEO of NIWA, Senator (Dr.) Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora confirmed this yesterday on the 22nd of December when he visited the Baro River Port to ascertain the level of work done. He was impressed by what he saw and the contractors are fixing the last equipment and assured the M/D that it will be ready in one week.

The M/D commended the contractors for a job well done and also the community for being a good host and encouraged them to ensure the safety and security of the River Port.

The M/D said the equipment at the Baro Port are first class and will bring glory not only to the Community and the state but the entire nation.

It will be recalled that the M/D directed National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) engineers to rehabilitate the access road to Baro Port to enable the contractors move their equipment to site and that has been achieved.

Baro River Port which is the flagship port in the North will be commissioned in no distant future by Mr. President, General Mohammadu Buhari.

Tayo Fadile.
GM (Corporate Affairs)
National Inland Waterways Authority

NIWA Facility tour Onitsha Inland Port

Onitsha River Port “an untapped gold mine” – FG

THE Federal Government has described the Onitsha River Port as an untapped gold mine and a sub sector all efforts should be geared towards revitalizing to make it functional.

It also said that the port is unique and exceptional from others in the country because of its three levels that goods can be brought in, namely: lower, middle and top levels which also makes it a great and wonderful port. This was disclosed by the Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority, NIWA, Sen Olorunimbe Mamora, during his maiden visit to Onitsha Area office of NIWA.

Mamora who was accompanied to Onitsha by some senior officials of NIWA from Lokoja, Kogi State, during the visit also described the transportation aspect of the NIWA operations as humongous in terms of gains accrueable from its operation.

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“I won’t go outside NIWA Act to take a stance on Lagos Waterways conflict” – Mamora

The new Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, has revealed that its face-off with the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) is down to revenue, and not on any other reason.

This is even as he vowed not to go outside the NIWA Act to settle the rift between the Federal Government agency and its Lagos State counterpart.

Speaking recently in Lagos to newsmen, Senator Olorunimbe Mamora explained that his administration would explore an out-of-court settlement in the face-off between the Federal agency and LASWA in order to bring a win-win situation for both parties.

In the past few years, both NIWA and LASWA have been in court over who should have control over Lagos waterways assets, issuing of permits to operators and collection of revenue.

According to the former senator, “We can achieve a lot through the indirect or informal, rather than formal processes. The tendency is that there may be too much bureaucracy. There are legal and constitutional issues, no doubt, and that is why the matter is in court, but you can choose to settle issues out of court.”

While disabusing insinuations that being a Lagos politician might allow LASWA gain a upper hand in the face-off, the NIWA MD added that, “I think it is the prerogative of Mr President to appoint people where he wants them to serve. The fact that I am from Lagos has generated a lot of interest on the issue between LASWA and the NIWA, a lot of people have made phone calls to me, accosted me to ask what I will do.

“However, I won’t go outside the NIWA Act to take a stance on the face-off with LASWA. I won’t do anything outside the NIWA Act while pursuing a peaceful resolution to the issue.”