The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), has called on all Maritime Agencies in the country to look for ways to harmonize their operations.

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This was disclosed in the monthly meeting of all Heads of Maritime Agencies, hosted by NIWA at its Headquarters in Lokoja, Kogi State.

The Managing Director, NIWA, Dr. George Moghalu, in his opening address, said “it is very important for us in the Maritime Sector, to have decided to set up a platform where we can share ideas, synergize, where we can contribute our quarter in developing policies and building the Maritime Industry.

Chief Dr. George Moghalu, in the meeting, commended the management of NIMASA, NIWA and other sister agencies for their efforts so far in the areas of Maritime Security and Safety, trade, development of manpower and enforcement of protocols to reduce waterways carnage, as well as the removal of wrecks.

He further stated that the committee on the multimodal approach to cargo delivery will boost support on Cargo movement from the ports to the dry Port, especially in Kaduna.

The committee will also look at the movement of Cargoes, from Lagos Port to Onitsha River Port and other Ports within the Country, putting to active use, of the Waterways and the infrastructures.

“This is our third meeting and is expected that this meeting will continue as we set issues that concern the Maritime Industry”, Moghalu said.

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NIWA boss said, ” We will continue to discuss, to find solutions so that, we can put them to use in our various establishments and at the same time bring solutions to the government at large”.

Responding to press questions, the MD NIWA said, NIWA has a department that monitors flood and gives their report which is made available to other agencies so that, people can be aware and take precaution.

NIWA has also been running radio jingles and newspaper advertorials to sensitize the general public on flood disaster.

He further said that the government is conscious and making effort on security and taking safety measures on our waterways so that it can have a positive impact on the economy and image of the Country.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Bashir Jamoh DG/CEO (NIMASA), Hassan Bello, the Executive Secretary Nigerian Shippers Council, Mr. Sam Nwakohu, Registrar Council for the regulation freight forwarding in Nigeria (C.F.F.N) and representatives of Nigerian Customs service and Nigerian Railways Corporation.