Muhammad Bashir, Lokoja
The newly appointed Managing Director, National Inland Water Ways Authority (NIWA), Chief George Moghalu has said water Inland transportation system is a critical component of national freight system.
Moghalu stated this Tuesday, while addressing the management team of the authority at the NIWA headquarters in Lokoja, Kogi State.
He said movement of bulk commodities through the inland water system will hugely mitigate the growing transportation needs of the country.
“Our country dearly needs diversification and development of it’s critical infrastructures in the area of waterway transportation. NIWA is both part of a larger national freight transportation system and part of the nation’s watershed system,” he said.
Moghalu stressed that the overall objective 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.
While admonishing the management and staff of the authority, to gear up towards the challenge ahead particularly in making a viable water transportation in the country, he said: “I have not come as a boss but as a friend and colleague in a work in progress. I regard you all as my treasured colleagues, and I am here to work with you as a team to achieve the ‘next level’ inspired by the timeless wisdom popularised by our President and commander-in-chief, President Muhammadu Buhari.”
He therefore urged the management staff of the authority to bring along, integrity, expertise and professionalism and commitment to duty.