From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
The newly appointed Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Chief George Moghalu has assumed duty with a pledge to be guided by the Rule of Law, established processes, procedures, equity and fair play.
Moghalu who made the pledge shortly after taking over from the Acting Managing Director, Barr Danladi Ibrahim at the NIWA headquarters in Lokoja said Justice, fair play, transparency and the rule of law would be the guideposts of his administration.
“I am convinced that together we will achieve the ‘Next Level’ inspired by the timeless wisdom popularized by our President. I came here to serve Nigeria and success is my priority. We will continue with all on-going viable and justifiable projects of the Authority”, he said.
The new MD hinted that the country needed diversification and development of its critical infrastructures in the area of waterways transportation to enhance its economic growth.
He said that the overall policy objective of NIWA was to transform the inland waterways to make them not just economically viable but also to provide safe, reliable and alternate transport system to ease the problem of transportation and movement of goods across the country.
Moghalu said inland water transportation system remained a critical component of the national freight system particularly for movement of bulk goods adding that its development was imperative in view of the growing transportation needs.
He solicited the cooperation of management and staff of the Authority to enable him succeed saying, “I regard you all as my treasured colleagues and I’m here to work with you as a team. I need your prayers, advice, cooperation and support in order to actualise the mission and vision of this Authority.”
In his handing over speech, the Acting MD told Moghalu that the Authority, under his leadership in acting capacity did not deviate from the initiatives of past Managing Directors towards repositioning the authority for effective performance of its statutory roles.
Ibrahim said that the authority within the period commenced the process of procuring self-propelled badge with the capacity of carrying 60 Four-Off containers for bulk cargo movement from Nigerian seaport to the hinterlands.
He said that the authority also procured additional dredgers for in-house maintenance dredging and was at advanced stage of procuring cargo handling equipment for Lokoja port and buoys as navigational aides from Lokoja to Onitsha to ensure safety on the waterways.
He urged the new Managing Director to help secure approval for the authority to undertake study of waterways in Europe and America and pledged continued support, support and loyalty of management and staff of the Authority to the new Managing Director.