The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has partnered the Nigeria Police to ensure seamless movement of cargoes from Lagos to Onitsha port.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that is contained in a statement signed by Mr Jibril Darda’u, General Manager, Corporate Affairs of NIWA.
Moghalu said the collaboration was part of the preparative and protective measures taken by NIWA to ensure a seamless exercise in the shipment of cargoes from Lagos Ports to Onitsha River Port.
Moghalu said this when he paid a working visit to the acting Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Usman Alkali Baba, at the force’s headquarters in Abuja recently.
He noted that the collaboration and cooperation of the police in providing adequate security for the second test-run of cargo shipments from Lagos to Onitsha River Port was to decongest the ports in Lagos state.
Moghalu added that the visit was also aimed at allaying the fears of cargo owners and build their confidence on the test-run exercise from Lagos to Onitsha.
“The purpose of our visit is to seek collaboration and cooperation of the police force to build a synergy in our inland waterways operations 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 .
“We have 22 area offices across the nation and waterways links across 28 states in the federation and this statistics has shown that about 60 per cent of cargoes coming into Nigerian ports are destined to the South East of the country,” he said.
Moghalu thanked the I-G for the cooperation the force had been rendering to NIWA Inland Police Command.