Saturday, 4 July 2015

#NIWA Award Dredging of #Benue River at N26 Billion

Mr Danladi Ibrahim, Acting Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), has said the dredging of the Lower River Benue, awarded at a cost N26 billion, would be completed in two years.

Ibrahim made the disclosure when he visited the Lagos Area Office of NIWA, as maritime activities closed on Friday.

He said the contract was awarded to Messrs Oyins Oil and Gas Ltd.

“We have awarded the dredging of Lower River Benue to the tune of N26 billion.

“Also, the dredging of the Lower River Niger is completed and quite a number of boats and jetties are under construction.

“We are all aware that we have completed the Onitsha river port and it will be concessioned to the private sector to operate anytime from now.

“Baro is 95 per cent completed; Lokoja is about 50 to 60 per cent as well as Oguta port. We have awarded the construction of Makurdi river port and any moment from now it will take off,” he said.

Ibrahim also said that NIWA would colllaborate with the riverine states to maintain efficient inland waterways services in the country.

He said that to checkmate over-loading and over-speeding, a code of operation would soon be gazetted and enforced to regulate inland waterways traffic.

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