By Izuchukwu Ozoemena
The Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Senator, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora has ordered the contractor handling the installation of cargo- handling equipment at the Baro River Port in Niger State to immediately mobilize to site and commence work before the end of the year.
The Managing Director handed out the order when he visited the Baro River Port to inspect facilities at the site.
Senator Mamora assured the contractor that the agency would reconstruct the bad portion of the road leading to Baro in a matter of two weeks for easy movement of equipment and personnel to the River Port.
Receiving the Managing Director, Mr. Opeyemi Olabanji of First Index Project and Services Limited who represented the Company handling the installation of the cargo handling equipment, said the recent flood and the bad road leading to Baro was what delayed the timely installation of the cargo handling equipment at the Port.
He assured Senator Mamora of the readiness of the Company once the road is repaired.
The Managing Director also expressed displeasure at the state of some of the facilities at the port namely the administrative block, the water treatment plant, the generator house and security post and called on the contractor that handled the building project to come back and effect necessary repairs.
Senator Mamora also pledged to improve the welfare of the men of the Nigerian Police Force attached to the river port to enhance better performance.
While receiving the traditional head of Baro, Mallam Mohammed Salihu Ndanusa at the port, Senator Mamora thanked the community for their support to the contractors and other stakeholders.
He called for more support from them in securing the port as the community would benefit more when the port becomes operational.
Responding, Mallam Mohammed Salihu Ndanusa thanked the MD for the visit and assured him of their support.