Nigeria projects movement of over two million containers on nation’s inland waterways yearly by 2025.

Written by on May 19, 2022

As part of efforts to enhance the distribution of cargo across the nation, Nigeria is projecting the movement of over two million containers on the nation’s inland waterways yearly by 2025.

National Inland Waterways Authority’s Managing Director, NIWA, George Moghalu disclosed this while speaking at a virtual meeting organised by the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS), on Wednesday.

Moghalu, who was represented at the summit by NIWA’s General Manager, Marine, Joseph Ororo, expressed optimism that the vessel fleet, including barges and tugs, would surpass 50,000 on Nigerian waterways in three years.

According to him, NIWA inspected and registered 332 barges and 264 tugs of different categories nationwide in 2021, as the Authority remains focused on encouraging vast job opportunities in the sector.

The NIWA boss, however, lamented that most certified seafarers are not engaged as a result of unutilised vessels, assuring that the present administration will continue to provide the requisite infrastructure for maritime to play its crucial role in developing the nation’s economy.

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