“Waterways can reduce burden on Nigerian Roads” – NIWA MD

When fully developed, Nigeria’s waterways have the capacity to reduce the burden on the nation’s roads, the New MD George Moghalu, has said.

Moghalu, who was recently appointed as the Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), said the waterways also have the capacity to generate millions of jobs and open up communities across the country.

The MD expressed concern that majority of Nigerians were unaware of the capacity of the agency, which he attributed it to lack of publicity for its activities.

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George Moghalu resumes duty as NIWA MD

The newly appointed Managing Director (MD) of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Chief Dr George Moghalu has resumed office and promised to continue with all ongoing viable and justifiable projects of the Agency as long they conform to due process and the Act establishing the Agency.

The MD stated this while delivering his speech at NIWA headquarters in Lokoja, Kogi State.

He noted that the overall policy objectives of NIWA is transforming the Inland Waterways to make them not just economically viable but also to provide a safe, reliable and alternate transport system to ease the problem of transportation and movement of goods across the country which makes the Agency and important and strategic one, placing on our a huge responsibility from which so much is expected.

“Inland Waterways system is a critical component of the national freight system, particularly for movement of bulk commodities. In view of the growing transportation needs particularly in moving bulk commodities, our country dearly needs diversification and development of its critical infrastructures in the area of Waterways transportation,” he said.

Sen. Mamora resumes as MD/CEO NIWA

Senator Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora on Wednesday assumed duty as the new Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), at the agency’s headquarters in Lokoja, Kogi State with the pledge to work as a team player in moving the authority to greater heights.

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NIWA Moves to Concession Four River Ports

The Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Boss Gida Mustapha has said that the agency is inching closer to the final concession of the Onitsha, Lokoja, Baro and Oguta River ports.

Mustapha, who stated this during a tour of the area offices under his jurisdiction, confirmed the receipt of certificate of compliance from the Infrastructure Concession Regulation Commission (ICRC) to go ahead with the concession process.

The concession, he said, would allow for private sector management and trigger improved utilisation of the inland waterways for transportation and easy conveyance of goods.

He said the tour would expose the operations at various points in order to take the necessary action.

At the Onitsha River Port, he said he was impressed with the state of the cargo handling equipment and other facilities. He therefore promised to accelerate the process of completion of the concession of the port.

However, he frowned at the slow pace of work at the Oguta River Port site and promised to get the National Assembly and Imo State government to support the process of completing the port.

Mustapha was also delighted with the asset of NIWA at Warri Dockyard, which he said was enough to sustain the authority financially if properly managed.

He noted that the issue of inadequate manpower and obsolete equipment at the port would be addressed, adding that some operations at the Dockyard may be leased to the private sector.

The NIWA boss also visited two jetties in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State, and promised the people of the state that the two jetties would be put into use very soon.

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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.