The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) is not resting on its oars as it strives towards ensuring that the nation’s waterways are safe for commuters and operators.
To this effect, NIWA is organizing a two-day national conference, scheduled to hold from 23rd to 25th July 2014 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, to fashion out a new Inland Waterways Transportation Code that will provide navigational regulations and guidelines as it relates to safety and other sundry matters on the nation’s inland waterways.
The conference, according to a statement signed by the NIWA General Manager Corporate Affairs, Tayo Fadile, will also attempt to provide recommendations that will enable Nigeria to domesticate the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Conventions and Protocols as it affects navigational regulations on the inland waterways.
“This, hopefully, will allow Nigeria to qualify as one of the countries that meet the International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidelines on safety and therefore, conform to global best practices” Fadile further stated.
Among the invited guests for the conference are the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar who will deliver the keynote address, and the Commissioners of Transport and Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
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