The Federal Government has reinvigorated its efforts at reactivating the nation’s inland waterways transportation to aid trading activities and boost the economy.
Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, disclosed this at the unveiling of the Navigational Charts of the River Niger in Abuja, saying that there was the need to really get back the mode of transportation on the inland waterways, so as to rekindle the trading activities that used to exist along the rivers Niger and Benue.
Mustapha commended the Nigerian Navy for providing the resources, persons and platforms for the conduct of the chatting of the River Niger.
He also commended the Ministry of Transportation through National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and other stakeholders for the professionalism they had exhibited.
“It is important that we realise that whichever government takes over from President Muhammedu Buhari, it must continue the trajectory of creating an intermodal transport system for this country”.
Also speaking, the Managing Director of NIWA, George Moghalu, said that the chart covered a total distance of 594km (321 Nautical Miles) with a total survey area of 1719.8 Square Kilometres.
On his part, the Minister of Transformation, Mu’azu Sambo, said that the navigational chart was a project that could potentially change the very dynamics of prosperity for the country adding it was in tandem with the statutory responsibilities and objectives of the Ministry of Transportation to boost the efforts of the Buhari-led government.