By Seun Ibiyemi
The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has sensitized boat operators across Lagos on boat safety.
The government agency promised to build multi-millonaira jetties in Badagry.
The Managing Director of NIWA, Dr George Moghalu, while speaking on the weekend assured that NIWA is doing everything in its power to improve the inland waterways, as there are a lot of economic benefits in the sector for Nigeria.
According to the NIWA MD, “I thank you for the support you have given to our partners in developing the waterways in Lagos State and Nigeria. Let us all do more to develop our waterways in order to take the pressure away from the road.
“We are also very much concerned with safety and have taken measures to make sure that all our captains are qualified, well trained and licensed. No one will also be allowed onboard without wearing a life jacket.
The MD, while addressing the participants at the venue of the workshop, expressed happiness at the large turnout, as well as the choice of the community chosen for the training. He thanked Simtop Ventures for putting together the programme, while also calling for everyone’s support to help build the industry.
“The only way to decongest our roads and seaports is through the waterways, and I hope that the trainees put the training to good use, in ensuring that no life is lost on the waterways again. Also, this programme will not be a one-time event, it will be continuous,” he added.
In her own words, the Lagos Area Manager of NIWA, Engr. Sarat Lara Braimah, thanked the participants for taking advantage of the opportunity presented by the workshop to gain more knowledge. She also stated that by this time next year, Badagry will have a multi-million naira jetty.
The participants were lectured on the domestic and international protocol on small crafts operations, according to the standards given by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), a specialised agency of the United Nations, among other subjects.
Over 400 people took part in the free workshop and they were all presented with a certificate at the end of the training.