NIWA Zone ‘B’ to sanitise dredging, inland waterways operations

Mr Istafanus Malwi, General Manager  NIWA Zone 'B'

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Zone ‘B’ will soon begin strict enforcement of regulations to ensure dredging operators’ compliance with best practices for the benefit of the environment.

Mr Istafanus Malgwi, the General Manager Zone ‘B’ comprising West, Delta, Anambra and Edo States, made the disclosure during the recent stakeholders meeting with dredgers association in Lagos.

He commended the initiative by the Lagos Area Office for creating a synergy between the Authority and the operators in the dredging sector.

He said the stakeholders meeting was necessary to enable operators understand the power of NIWA in regulating the activities of the coastal waters operations.

“First, I commend the Lagos Area Manager for creating this kind of synergy between the Authority and the operators in the dredging sector, we have water users(boat operators) and then the dredgers’ association.

“They are all vital in the operation of the authority generally, and as part of our regulatory function, this stakeholders meeting is timely.

 “This is because the operators need to know that NIWA has absolute control on the use of the inland waterways nation-wide, if not, they will not comply.

 “That is why NIWA deemed it fit to issue operational guidelines. And with that, they too will realise that NIWA has a major role to play in this sector,” he said.

Malgwi was hopeful that the interaction would enable people to begin to realise and key into the necessary things that is expected of them in the course of their operations.

Speaking on how the same forum could be convened in his zone, Malgwi said : “I have seen it all myself, with the view to replicating same in Onitsha, Asaba, so that people from the eastern zone can benefit from it.”