NIWA debunks allegation of registering fishing trawlers

Managing Director, NIWA, Mr Danladi Ibrahim
 The Management of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has debunked claims by the fisheries department of the Ministry of Agriculture that it had compelled some fishing trawlers to be registered by it before operating.

Managing Director of NIWA, Mr Danladi Ibrahim, in an interview during the recently held maritime summit in Lagos, charged anyone making such claims to confront the Authority publicly.

It would be recalled that a representative of the ministry of agriculture, Mrs O.B. Adepegba, while making her presentation at the event, urged the Transportation Minister, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, to address the issue.

He said that NIWA had only registered barges and crew boats of just one fishing company.

His words: “The claim of the fisheries department is not correct and we stand to be corrected.

“NIWA has never registered one single fishing trawler.

“All that we have registered are barges and crew boats of just one fishing company, which is ‘Atlantic Shrimpers.’ So, we do not have any conflict with fishing trawlers,” he said.