The Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Bola Oyebamiji, has directed the management and workers of the agency to sign a performance bond.
He said this would enable the agency to meet the aspirations of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on inland waterways and the blue economy.
Oyebamiji said this at the opening of a two-day special retreat/workshop with the theme “Repositioning the Inland Waterways Authority for Excellence” in Lokoja, Kogi State.
The NIWA MD urged the management and workers to brace up and ensure that all hands remain on deck to add value to the system in diverse ways.
According to him, the objectives of NIWA and attaining excellence at sea are achievable.
“We have all been positioned to add value to the system in diverse ways. While some are to design policy directions, others have been picked to be the drivers of such policies. I liken the two groups to the main teams piloting a ship on a journey. While some hold the deck, others ensure the engines below run at their utmost performance. The ultimate goal is to achieve excellence at sea.
“Therefore, our assignment at this retreat is to discuss and have a working template upon which the aspirations of Mr. President on inland waterways, through the Federal Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy, will be achieved.
“I have equally signed my performance bond with the Honourable Minister and the Permanent Secretary. Same way, all of you must sign a performance bond with me as a promise to deliver on your mandates. It is important for you to do this with every sense of responsibility, as it will determine our working relationship going forward,” he said.
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