Director General NIMASA urges stakeholders to leverage use of Nigeria’s inland waterways

Written by on December 28, 2021

The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh, has urged stakeholders to leverage the use of Nigeria’s over 10,500 kilometers inland waterways to enhance transportation and boost the economy.

Jamoh said this in a chat with journalists on Saturday, in Kaduna, that the potential of the inland waterways was huge and that government especially, should creatively seek to utilise it.

According to him, the government should develop short, medium and long term plans to dredge the rivers and properly harness the resources.

Jamoh said apart from enhancing transportation, provision of infrastructure for the hospitality industry and connecting roads to villages would open the rural economy for the benefit of the country.

According to him, the waterways also have huge potentials for fisheries, which should be exploited properly, including using fishing trawlers.

The NIMASA DG urged the media to propagate what we have in the inland waterways to educate the local populace and government to tap the opportunities.

Seun Fakorede

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