Can NIWA dredge its water front from Ajaokuta to Onitsha waterways?

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In the midst of struggle to be relevant and show that it active towards budget deffence times, the National Inland Water Ways Authority (NIWA) has drawn to carry out one of its core mandates, mobilized the organisation’s dredger to carry out maintenance dredging on Ajaokuta-Onitsha water ways which is water front of the Agency corporate office, Lokoja.

The Agency, Managing Director, Barrister Boss Mustapha made the declaration during the inauguration of the dredging committee at the NIWA headquarters in Lokoja recently saying it is part of the efforts to provide navigation all the year round on the River Niger.

The chief executive  assured that all NIWA equipment would be handled by its staff as there are capable hands that can handle them without resorting to hiring or contracts.

Mustapha who frowned at the policy of contracting routine works said that NIWA has capable hands that can handle and maintain its equipment who are currently rendered redundant due to craze for contracts.

He said that the Dredger is to carry out maintenance dredging on the water ways channels from Ajaokuta to Onitsha so as to ensure smooth navigation of barges and vessels.

Boss Mustapha emphasized that maintenance dredging will, if carried out regularly will keep the Ajaokuta -Onitsha water ways navigable, adding that the dredging maintenance exercise would be extended to other channels from time to time.

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