A staff representative working with MOTEBSCO
The association of waterways ambassadors of Nigeria on 16th July, 2019 had a courtesy visit to the regional manager of NIWA Port Harcourt branch Engr. Rufus Oladimeji, the courtesy visit was centered on ways of by which the waterways can be effectively and efficiently used in relation to transportation and other human activities and also how to keep the waterways clean from wastes.
Speaking of the event the national president of AWAN Comrade Amb. Morford Temple. Pointed out bad and adequate state waterways in the state and in Nigeria at large. Citing some creeks and rivers in the state as example of the inadequacy in the use of the waterways and illegal building on the waterways that is affecting the flow and movement of water. Other factors pointed out are:
The inadequate and outdated state of buoys in the waterways of ships coming into the ports from other countries.
The poor navigational system
Dumping of chemical and human waste of the waterways that is affecting and sometimes shutting down the boat engines.
Illegal building and construction on the waterways which in turn cause the stagnate flow of water.
The constant dredging of both Rivers, canal and Sea ports and creating a good and reliable waterways channels linking both the Rivers and canals together with that, reducing the possible causes of flow in our environment
Comrade Amb. Morford Temple expresses the interest in partnering with the National Inland Waterways Authority in the development and maintenance of the waterways for transportation, recreational parks, tourist centers in the state and Nigeria at large. At the event the Regional manager Engr. Rufus Oladimeji said, the waterways appreciated the gesture and pledge his full support and partnership with the association towards the development and maintenance of the waterways. Furthermore he said that during his few months in Rivers state, he noticed the indiscriminating dumping of refuses in the waterways and drainages, resulting to the blockage of water flow, he also said a plan to visit the state Governor is in place with regards to the construction of Bridges on the waterways that some overhead bridges are too low for cargos to pass under. Saying that waterways transportation will help decongest the heavy traffic on the roads by diverting the heavy cargo, container and other materials through the waterways e.g. Rivers and canals in the city when interconnecting them.
A vote of thanks was follow by and at the end of the event an ambassador award of waterways was presented to the Regional Manager Port Harcourt branch, Engr. Rufus Oladimeji, now called Amb, Engr. Rufus Oladimeji