Real Reason Baro Port Yet To Commence Operation  – NIWA Boss



Lack of access road has been identified as a major factor hindering the commencement of operations by the Baro River Port, Niger State since its commissioning in 2019.

The Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Chief George Moghalu made the disclosure at a 2-day retreat programme organized by the Association of Maritime Journalists of Nigeria (AMJON) at the Administrative and Staff College(ASCON) in Badagry, Lagos.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari on January 19, 2019, commissioned the Baro River port in Niger State in what the administration counted as one of its major achievements.

Moghalu, represented by the acting General Manager ,Legal Service, NIWA Barr. Nasiru Biyankari however said the Port has secured a concessionaire who is ready to construct the road to make it operational.

As part of the efforts by the Federal Government to make the port operational, he said the road is intended to be linked with Abuja. 

Though the name of the concessionaire was not disclosed, the NIWA Boss noted that already the company has applied to the government in order to address the road infrastructure decay.

He said after the commissioning in 2019, the Po rt suffered some setbacks due to the deplorable road network to the facility.

According to him, the independent concessionaire has agreed to take over the major road project to the port for optimal utilisation.

“As I speak with you now we have an independent concessionaire who applied to take over the port and then construct the road so that it can start operations. Apart from that, the federal government is looking at how the road will link Baro to Abuja.”

For Onitsha river port, Moghalu stated that the facility was already in full operation.

The Managing Director affirmed that NIWA offers a very critical role in the nation’s maritime industry through the execution of its mandate of developing the inland waterways of Nigeria and its regulations nationwide.

On the conflict between NIWA and the state government on waterways operation, he noted that the case has gotten to the supreme court noting that judgment will soon be passed to ascertain proper definition for the exclusive operational scope of the brown waters.

He also maintained that both the Lagos State Waterways Authority LASWA and NIWA have no dispute as both agencies are carrying out their responsibilities on the waterways.

Moghalu stated that the agency is under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with three stages put in place by the National Assembly.

Giving some relevant sections on the Agency’s act, he explained that “the function of NIWA are mainly captured in section 2, 8, 9 and 28 of the NIWA Act Cap N47 LFN 2004. ”


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