FG TO AWARD JETTY CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT AT ILLAH
By Anthony Awunor
The Federal Government has concluded plans to award a contract for the construction of a jetty in Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State.
Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Dr George Moghalu revealed the plan while speaking at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATON) held recently at Gombe jewel hotel, Abuja.
Dr Moghalu stated that NIWA in collaboration with ATBOWATON is planning to get containers bearing heavy duty vehicles out of Nigerian highways to the waters to avoid pressures and damage to roads infrastructure.
Moghalu pointed out that there is still the national question on what Nigerian Boat Operators has done with the numerous navigable channels across the country, promising to assist them to find their bearings.
“No doubt ATBOWATON is our partner in progress and deserves our support, we at niwa are happy see the huge turn out of ATBOWATON members from over twenty states, an indication that the future of the association and Water transportation is bright” he added.
Earlier, the President of ATBOWATON Mr, Gani Tarzan Balogun, praised the efforts of Niwa to change the narratives of water transportation in Nigeria and for also carrying the association along in its programs across the country.
Other dignitaries at the well attended meeting, were the acting president of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), Mr Nkerewuem onung, Mrs Susan Akporiaye President National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) and Justina ovat, President, Women in Hospitality.