Press Statement on Boat Mishap that occurred at Munyan Local Government Area, Niger State

The Management of the National Inland Waterways Authority wishes to commiserate with the government and people of Niger State, and in particular, the families of those that lost loved ones in the recent boat mishap that occurred at Kija in Munyan Local Government Area.

The Authority is particularly pained by the unwarranted loss of lives and property due to disregard for established rules and regulations guiding passenger ferry operations in the country. For safety reasons, night sailing is banned; the use of life jackets and other life-saving appliances is mandatory, even as over-loading of boats is a criminal offence. Yet boat skippers and crew are fond of flouting these rules. Nevertheless, NIWA will continue to engage in aggressive enlightenment and education of ferry operators and passengers alike.

While extending our condolences once again, we shall investigate this incident to unravel the immediate and remote causes, with a view to preventing a re-occurrence of similar incidents. We wish therefore to urge boat operators to abide by all safety requirements.

Chief Dr. George N. Moghalu Managing Director/CEO
11th May, 2021

NIWA to engage ACTL to move Cargoes from Lagos Ports via Burutu Port to Onitsha

In an effort to make Onitsha River Port functional, and to decongest the Lagos Ports, the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) is to engage the services of Akewa Colmar Terminal Limited (ACTL) to move containers from Lagos Ports to Onitsha River Port via Burutu Port in Delta State.

The idea of hauling containers via Burutu Ports to Onitsha River port is to deliberately avoid the two small bridges of Gbarekolo and Bumandi. Because the two bridges are too tiny and shallow for sea moving badges or vessels to ply through, that is why the company (ACTL) is considering the route from Lagos Ports to Burutu Port then to Onitsha River Port as final destination.

The Managing Director of NIWA Chief Dr. George Moghalu disclosed that NIWA is targeting about 1,000 containers to be hauled per trip from Lagos Ports to Onitsha River Port within the maximum duration of 4 days.

The MD also added that NIWA is engaging Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) and other stakeholders to facilitate the commencement of the Cargo haulage.

Earlier, the Chairman of Akewa Colmar Terminal Limited (ACTL) Chief Kenneth Donye during the proposal defense at NIWA Liaison Office Abuja before the Management team of NIWA, expressed the readiness of his Company to partner with NIWA in carrying out this noble and historic transshipment from Lagos Ports via Burutu Port to Onitsha River Port as final destination.

Jibril Dardau, ANIPR
GM (Corporate Affairs)


The chairman Board of Directors of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Vice Admiral I.I Ibrahim (Rtd) has pledged the Board’s support to the Management of the Authority to succeed.

The Chairman expressed this in his address at the NIWA 2020 end of the year get together and sent forth for all 2020 retired staff of the Authority at the Headquarters in Lokoja.

He said NIWA is a family and must keep the flag flying high. He encouraged staff on efficiency and dedication to their duties.

He added that the board will strive to sustain and support the Management to achieve what has not been achieved before and advised the retirees not to worry since they have worked hard.

Delivering his speech, the Managing Director of NIWA Chief Dr. George Moghalu thanked the Board members for gracing the occasion to honour and send forth the retired staff.

The MD disclosed that a new innovation has been introduced in recognizing not only the retired General Managers as done in the past, but also all retired staff that have served the Authority meritoriously.

He also added that he wants to leave a legacy of NIWA as a family “we should love and appreciate each other” he thanked all NIWA staff despite all the challenges of COVID 19 in 2020 and prayed that 2021 will be a glorious year.

As part of the management’s effort to motivate staff to put in their best and optimum performance in the development and growth of NIWA, awards and gifts were presented to the best performing Area office (Hadeija Jammare Area office in Kano State) which comprises of a plaque and a token of One Hundred Thousand Naira Only (N100,000) in recognition of their outstanding performance in surpassing their revenue target in the year 2020 despite all odds. While Mr. Ibrahim M.M Onimisi of Lagos Area Office emerged as the best staff of the year 2020 and was awarded with a plaque and a token of Fifty Thousand Naira only (N50,000) in recognition of his outstanding performance.

Equally, all the six retired General Managers went with a gift of a Plasma Television set each, while other retired staff went with a plaque in appreciation to their meritorious services to the Authority.

Amongst the highlights of the events was dinner served to all staff and invited guests.

Jibril Darda’u
GM (Corporate Affairs)

NIWA Commissions 36 Seater Ferry Boat at Yelwa-Yauri, Kebbi State

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has commissioned a 36 seater ferry boat at Yelwa – Yauri, Kebbi State.

In his opening remarks, The Managing Director of NIWA, Chief Dr. George Moghalu thanked God for the opportunity given to the Authority to procure the 36 seater ferry boat on behalf of Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah as part of his constituency project.

The MD appreciated the distinguished Senator for his commitment and desire to create the enabling environment for water transportation to grow. Moghalu also acknowledged the kind support given to NIWA by the Yauri Emirate council in fulfilling its official responsibilities.

He further stated that the importance of water transportation could not be over emphasized for both facilitating the transportation of cargos and personnel in strengthening Nigeria’s economy and at the same time exploring tourism potentials of water transportation.

The MD appealed to the government of Kebbi State to encourage NIWA by assisting it to ensure companies, organizations and the public using NIWA’s right of way, which is one hundred metres perpendicular from the point of river, pay their legitimate fees.

In his speech, Sen. Bala Ibn Na’Allah promised to bring more developments to his people as the ferry being commissioned is just the beginning, as two more ferries are on their way coming, one from Lagos and the other from China. He also said, in addition to the Jetties he has built before in the area, he is also planning in conjunction with NIWA to build a ferry terminal.

Thereafter, the Emir of Yelwa – Yauri, HRH. Dr. Muhammed Zayyanu Abdullahi (CON) cut the tape to commission the new ferry boat and there was a boat ride in compliance with the Covid-19 safety protocols.

Earlier, the Managing Director paid a courtesy call to the Emir of Yauri, in which during the visit the Emir raised three critical issues in the areas of litigations, clearing of water hyacinth/removal of wrecks and the development of the Inland Waterways for the optimum benefit of his people.

Responding, the MD promised to address all the issues raised by the Royal Father.

Jibril, Darda’u
Ag. GM (Corporate Affairs)


The Management of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) wish to commiserate with the Government and people of Lagos State on the recent boat mishap in Bayeku in Ikorodu, Lagos State.

However, we were reliably informed by NIWA Lagos Area Office that a 20 passenger boat owned by Mr. Kasali, a member of (ATBOANTON) Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transport of Nigeria took off in the evening from Okeranla in Ajah heading to Bayeku in Ikorodu ran into a heap of a dredged sand and capsized.

The Area Office when contacted, immediately deployed the water Ambulance boat with the search and rescue team to the scene of the mishap and the team were able to rescue 17 seventeen passengers alive and 3 dead bodies.

We will like to use this medium to appeal to the general public especially rivers users to strictly adhere to NIWA safety guidelines, especially for boat operators to stop traveling in the evening after 6pm.

NIWA will continue to encourage our boat operators to do the right thing and reduce the incessant boat mishap on our waterways by adhering to safety regulations as stipulated by NIWA.

Tayo Fadile

GM (Corporate Affairs)