By Sandra Chukwunyere
To that effect, the Managing Director of NIWA , Chief Dr. George Moghalu paid a visit to the Acting Inspector General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali, to solicit the collaboration and cooperation of the police towards ensuring the safety of cargo shipments from Lagos to Onitsha River Port.
During the visit at the force’s headquarters, Abuja, Dr. Moghalu said that the arrangement of diverting cargoes from Lagos to Onitsha is in a bid to decongest the ports in Lagos State.
According to him “the purpose of our visit is to seek for collaboration and cooperation of the police force to build a synergy in our inland waterways operations, most importantly now that we are about to commence the second phase of the test-run of shipping cargoes from Lagos to Onitsha.” “NIWA is a Federal agency saddled with the responsibility of regulating and developing activities on the Inland waterways of the nation with a headquarter in Lokoja, Kogi State.
We have 22 area offices across the nation and waterways links across 28 states in the federation.”
“statistics have shown that about sixty percent of cargoes coming into Nigerian Ports are destined to the South East of the country”, he said.
Moghalu who thanked the IG for the kind cooperation the force has been rendering to NIWA Inland Police Command, also appealed for more cooperation in some areas of challenges the Authority is facing such as; lack of gun boats, accoutrement and anti-riot equipments”.
The MD, NIWA also solicited the help of the IG in ensuring that some police officers illegally occupying some of the organization’s premises vacate to enable the Authority make better use of the place.
He congratulated Usman Alkali Baba on his appointment as the new Acting Inspector General of the Police by Mr President, wishing him a successful tenure.
Responding, the Acting IG of Police Usman Alkali Baba thanked the Managing Director of NIWA and his management team for the visit.
He said “I thank you for coming to congratulate me and intimate me with the developments and challenges you have in your organization.”
“we have a very good and cordial working relationship with NIWA and we recognize the kind cooperation that NIWA is rendering to the inland and marine police, though we need improvements in the areas.”
The IG disclosed that he was once the head of the marine police when he was an AIG, so, that made him to know much about NIWA and all operations and activities in the maritime sector.
He however promised to sustain the good working relationship with NIWA in all it’s areas of operations. And also to provide the organisation with every support where necessary.
Amongst the management team that accompanied the MD to the visit includes; Barrister Danladi Ibrahim (GM Legal services, Company Secretary and legal adviser), DCP Shettima Zanna (Head of NIWA Police Command), Alhaji Yusuf Gire (GM Finance and Account), Engr Ostia Anazado (Technical Adviser to the MD), Mr Abdullahi Dabai (GM Human Resources and Admin), Mr Jibril Darda’u (GM Corporate Affairs), Mr Ibrahim Isyaku Sade (GM Procurement) and Barrister Nasiru Biyankari (DGM legal services).