Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The Management of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has planned to reduce tariff across the country’s inland waterways as parts of its contribution towards revamping the economy battered by the Covid19 pandemic.
The Managing Director, NIWA, Dr George Moghalu disclosed this on Wednesday while speaking during an interactive session with members of the Kogi state council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ)
Moghalu explained that apart from putting measures in place to improve patronage of the country’s waterways, the reduction in tariff will serve as its own contribution to efforts of the Federal and state governments in revamping the economy suffering as a result of the rampaging Covid19.
“We are considering a reduction on tariffs payable on our waterways to encourage patronage and serve as our own contribution towards efforts to improve the economy after the Covid19.”
The Managing Director pointed out that the country’s waterways is grossly underutilized as on three thousand were being put to use out of over ten thousand waterways in the country.
Moghalu said that NIWA will spear no effort towards putting all waterways onto use to reduce pressure on Nigeria roads and airports.