The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), has commissioned a 36-seater ferry boat at Yelwa – Yauri, Kebbi State.
The Managing Director of NIWA Dr. George N. Moghalu thanked God for the opportunity given to the Authority to procure the 36-seater ferry boat on behalf of distinguished Senator, Bala Ibn Na`Allah as part of his constituency project.
While speaking at the commissioning, Moghalu acknowledged the kind support given to NIWA by the Yauri Emirate council in fulfilling its official responsibilities.
He also appreciated the distinguished Senator for his commitment and desire to create the enabling environment for water transportation to grow.
He further stated that “the importance of water transportation cannot be overemphasized for both facilitating the transportation of cargos and personnel in strengthening our economy and at the same time, exploring tourism potentials of water transportation.
NIWA MD appealed to the government of Kebbi State to encourage NIWA by assisting it to ensure companies, organizations and the public that are using NIWA`s Right of Ways which is one hundred metres perpendicular from the point of River must be made to pay their legitimate fees.
Responding, Senator 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, one from Lagos and the other from China.
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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.
The Emir of Yelwa – Yauri, HRH Dr. Muhammed Zayyanu Abdullahi (CON), who cut the tape to commission the new ferry boat for the general use of his people, cautioned his people to be safety conscious and apply all safety rules while boarding the ferry.
The Emir also 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 Managing Director of NIWA promised to address all the issues raised by the Royal Father.