Posted on September 2, 2015
By Samson Echenim, Leadership
The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) at the weekend said the N25 billion contract for the dredging of River Benue which was awarded by the federal government last year would commence soon.
Acting managing director of NIWA, Danladi Ibrahim, who disclosed this while briefing journalists in Lokoja on the activities of the agency, noted that dredging of the two major rivers, Niger and Benue was aimed at boosting the nation’s transportation system.
He said the economic potential of the north would be unlocked if the nation’s waterways was properly developed, noting that the northern states were not landlocked as often believed by some people.
“Maritime transportation is an effective means of movement across the country. You can access all states of the federation by water transportation if adequate manpower through either the private or government sectors could be provided,” he said.
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