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Riverine communities urged to support R/Niger dredging

By Isiaka Oyibo

LOKOJA – RIVERINE communities along lower River Niger have been urged not to disrupt the on-ongoing dredging of the river saying that when completed it was capable of providing employment opportunities for the people as well as lead to springing up of new ports, jetties and industries for their overall benefits.

The new Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Aminu Ahmed, who spoke yesterday at a session with Community Relations Committee on the dredging of the lower River Niger, allayed the fears of fishermen and farmers along the river banks saying the dredging projects would not cover the entire breath of the river but a canal would be created for cargo ships.

He also debunked insinua-tions that the dredging would make the river drain into the Atlantic Ocean just as he also clarified that the salty ocean would not flow up the river.

Ahmed said after the successful dredging of the river Niger, the Federal Government would canalise other waterways in about 20 states across the country to make them navigable.


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