NIWA, Western Marine Customs Command To Further Enhance Safety on Waterways

NIWA, Western Marine Customs Command To Further Enhance Safety on Waterways

The National Inland Waterways Authority, NIWA, and the Nigeria Customs Service are planning to further enhance safety on the nation’s waterways with a view of boosting the economy of the country.

The Controller of the Western Marine Command, Comptroller Oduadu Seletu made the request when he visited the Lagos Area Manager of NIWA, Engr Sarat Braimah,  Nigeria Customs Service, for safety protocol cover and engineering support to the Customs Marine Corps so as to deliver its mandate and check revenue leakages

“We want our men on water to operate within the best safety standards and we believe NIWA as regulators can brush us up and even help us take a second look at our boat engines, to avoid incidents of breakdowns in the middle of nowhere,” he said.

Comptroller Selefu also appealed to the NIWA Area Manager to assist in enthroning a joint patrol with NIWA police, noting that deep self-discipline and respect for extant regulations which will be robustly marshalled to change compliance narratives particularly on Badagry to Seme waters, adjudged as a difficult and porous route for bursting alleged smuggling activities.

“I am aware that something needs to give way here and I request your office to help us understand this Badagry Seme route, so can properly access what is happening there, and to ensure goods in transit are captured for Customs duties,” he added.

While coming her guests, Engr. Braimah said NIWA in Lagos is open to collaboration, to help sanitize activities on water transportation on Lagos waterways.

Engr. Braimah gave the assurances that “We shall assist you in the area of safety awareness and education and every other possible way that can make your assignment easy,” she said.

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