From right: The new managing director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Senator Adeleke Olurunnimbe Mamora, NIWA general manager Lagos zone, Mr Muazu Sambo and CEO Tarzan Marine Engineering Services, Ganiyu Shekoni Balogun during a visit by NIWA boss and his management team to Tarzan Jetty and its other jetties in Lagos on Tuesday October 30.
The new chief executive officer of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Senator Adeleke Olurunnimbe Mamora has tasked NIWA regional office in Lagos to redouble their effort in tripling its revenue generation in order to meet up with its financial obligations.
Speaking on Tuesday October 30 while on a visit to NIWA regional office in Lagos, Senator Mamora said the regional office needs to work harder to triple it current revenue of over N412million so as to have more money to tackle some of its financial challenges.
Mamora stressed the need for a collaboration, synergy in the Nigerian Inland Waterways to ensure a win-win situation in the water transport sub sector.
He said what the sector needs is not competition with the states, but synergy and partnerships to move the industry forward.
Mamora who was responding to the welcome address by the NIWA general manager Lagos zone, Mr Muazu Sambo said the rivalry and legal tussle between Lagos and the federal government over the control of Lagos waterways is unnecessary became the state law cannot supersede the federal law.
Senator Mamora observed that it is an impunity for a state to try to repeal a federal law, stressing that this is some of impunity in the system.
He maintained that there is the need to ensure that such impunity does not arise in the system.
The NIWA boss emphasised the need for a Public Private Partnership in the water transportation business as the Authority cannot do it alone.
He said NIWA needs to partner with private investors by looking at a workable PPP arrangements.
He promised to liaise with the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, (AMCON) to recover the money the Corporation owed NIWA.
On the issue of casualisation, the CEO of NIWA, observed that it is unfair to keep workers long in casualisation, adding that there is need to absorb them into the workforce if they have proven themselves.
Mamora said effort will be made to pass the NIWA bill before the National Assembly between now and December so that the electioneering campaign will not caught up with it.
In his address earlier, Sambo disclosed that NIWA’s revenue currently stands at N412million as at 29th of October 2018, noting that its revenue position will rise to N573 million as soon as it receives their anticipated payment due from AMCON .
Sambo explained that from a mere N5.6milion in 1999, its collection rose to a peak of N132million in 2007, declining to N100million by 2010 during its most intensive years of attrition by Lagos state government and its agencies.
The NIWA general Manager Lagos zone stated further that through regular stakeholders interactive fora, NIWA police enforcement of the High Court judgement and active resistance of the impunity of Lagos state officials, it revenue began to witness a steady improvement from N100million in 2010 to N472million by 2017.
The GM said NIWA has commenced discussion with Lagos state officials on determining a way forward that will ensure collaboration and a win win for all stakeholders.
According to him: “In order to optimise revenue streams for the Authority from its facilities laying fallow, we have made far reaching efforts at PPP for some of our facilities in Lagos namely, the CMS Jetty/office premises, Ijora, Oyingbo, Osborne and Victoria Island Jetties. The Authority had earlier derived some quantum cash flows from its PPP with Aquamarine at our Oyinkan. Abayomi Jetty, Ikoyi.”
He said NIWA Lagos office has commenced the refurbishment of its ambulance boat which was hitherto not functional, currently partnering some commercial boat operators to rehabilitate and install floating Jetties on existing jetties to make the waterways friendly for passengers embarking and disembarking from boat, removal of wrecks and fishing nets along navigable waterways in Lagos.
Sambo noted that the menace of water hyacinths on the waterways is being addressed through the deployment of water hyacinths clearing equipment from months of October through December to address the challenges of the movement of water transporters at this time of the year.
He however listed some of the challenges facing the zone to include: Current debt profile of about N250million being outstanding default in payments by various individuals/organisations, as recovery has been a challenge due to inadequate lawful means to do so, sixteen year old generating set that is overdue for replacement against the backdrop of epileptic public main supply, gross inadequate imprest, inadequate corporate social responsibility, projects, especially those that will impact clients and water operators more positively.
After the briefing, Mamora was taken on a site inspection of some of the NIWA jetties in Lagos