The Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), George Moghalu has visited the Baro Port located in Niger State even as he vowed to work with the Federal Government and the Niger State Government in fixing the dilapidated access road to the port.
Recall that president Muhammadu Muhammadu Buhari had in January inaugurated the Baro Port.
He said the port would enhance intermodal transportation connectivity in the country, adding that it would also reduce pressure from big trucks off the road, and create huge employment opportunities for Nigerians, while also decongesting other busy ports.
But, in a familiarisation tour of the Baro port yesterday, the MD of NIWA said he will partner the private sector to ensure the viability of the Baro River Port.
He said it was the importance he gave to the project that made him make visit to the port his first choice.
The MD further stated that he was ready to partner with all government agencies, local and state governments and the private sector to make sure that Baro port becomes functional and create wealth for Baro community and Niger state people.
His words, “i promise to discuss the issue of the road with both Niger State and the Federal government and I assure you that the locals will be given priority when the port becomes fully operational.
He said the railway lines at Baro will be brought back to life as he promised to visit the port again because of the importance of the port to the country.
Muoghalu also disclosed that since the Waterways hold a great potentials, all hands must be on deck to develop and improve our waterways.
“We are going to encourage the private sector to key into the industry.,” he assured.