The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has commissioned a 36 seater ferry boat at Yelwa – Yauri, Kebbi State.
Speaking at the brief but colorful event, Managing Director of NIWA , Dr. George Moghalu thanked God for the opportunity given to the Authority to procure the 36 seater ferry boat on behalf of Senator, Bala Ibn Na`Allah as part of his constituency project.
Dr Moghalu thanked the kind gesture of the Senator given to NIWA by the Yauri Emirate council in fulfilling its official responsibilities, He also expressed his appreciation to the Distinguished Senator Ibn Na’ Allah for his commitment and desire to create the enabling environment for water transportation in Kebbi State. The NIWA helmsman remarked that the importance of water transportation cannot be over emphasized in terms of facilitating the transportation of cargos and personnel in strengthening our economy and at the same time contributing to tourism . Dr Moghalu appealed to the Government of Kebbi State to encourage NIWA by assisting it to ensure that companies, organizations and the public to utilize NIWA`s Rights of Way are made to pay their legitimate fees”.
In his speech, distinguished Senator Bala Ibn Na`Allah promised to bring more developments to his people as the ferry being commissioned he said is just the beginning as two more ferries are earmarked for launch . The lawmaker revealed that in addition to construction of jetties in the locality he is also planning in conjunction with NIWA to build a ferry terminal.
Thereafter, the Emir of Yelwa – Yauri HRH. Dr. Muhammed Zayyanu Abdullahi (CON) cut the tape to commission the new ferry boat for the general use of the community after which a boat ride was conducted in compliance with the covid-19 safety protocols.
Earlier, the Managing Director of NIWA, Dr Moghalu had paid a courtesy call to the Emir of Yauri, during which he raised three critical issues in the areas of litigations, clearing of water hyacinth/removal of wrecks and the development of the Inland Waterways for the optimum benefit of his people.