By Juliana Nwachukwu
Fegge (Onitsha South LGA), June 4, 2021 (MOI) As part of measures by Nigeria Waterways Authority (NIWA) for seamless shipment of Cargoes from Lagos Ports to Onitsha River Port, Managing Director of the authority, Dr George Muoghalu paid a visit to the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Usman Alkali Baba at Force headquarters, Abuja.
Mr Muoghalu during the visit sought a collaboration with the force in providing adequate security for 2nd test run of Cargo shipment from Lagos to Onitsha River Port in a bid to decongest the ports in Lagos.
A statement released by Jibril Darda’u, General Manager Corporate Affairs of NIWA, the visit was also to straighten areas of co-operation with the force in building synergy in waterways operations particularly in the 2nd phase of the test-run.
NIWA is a Federal agency saddled with the responsibility of regulating activities on the inland waterways with headquarters in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
“We have 22 area offices across the country and waterways links across 28 states of the federation.’’
“Statistics have shown that about 60 per cent of cargoes coming into the Nigerian Ports are destined for the South East of the country,’’ it said.
The statement commended the IG for the co-operation that the force had been rendering to NIWA Inland Police Command.
NIWA complained that the IG should help to vacate some police officials illegally occupying some of the organisation’s premises, which by law was under NIWA’s right of way at the Onitsha Area Office, so that the authority could make better use of the place.
“We congratulate the acting IG Alkali Baba for his appointment as the new Acting IG,” the statement concluded.
Responding, the IGP thanked the MD of NIWA and his management team for the visit.
According to the IG both organisation have cordial working relationship with NIWA and recognise the co-operation that NIWA is rendering to the Marine Police.
“To have gun boat is capital intensive but the force will look for ways on how to support NIWA in its operations,’’ he said.
The Acting IGP recalls that he was once at the head of the Marine Police, as an AIG and that made him to know so much about NIWA and all its operations in the maritime sector.
He promised to sustain the good working relationship with NIWA in all areas of its operations.
Part of the essence visit was aimed at allaying fears of the Cargo owners in building their confidence in the test-run exercise from Lagos to Onitsha.
The MD was accompanied by Mr Danladi Ibrahim (GM Legal services), DSP Shettima Zanna (Head of NIWA Police Command), and Alhaji Yusuf Gire (GM Finance and Accounts). (MOI)