The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, on Thursday lamented that inland waterways have been under utilized, saying that only 4,000 kilometers of nation's waterways is navigable from about 10,000 kilometers .
Mustapha, a former Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), made the disclosure at the Nigeria – Ukraine Trade and Investment Roundtable held in Abuja.
He harped on the need for partnership with the Ukraine business community to enable the Federal Government to further develop the inland waterways.
“Nigeria has about 10,000km waterways and only 4,000km is navigable. I believe that if our waterways are fully developed, it can take away pressure off our roads as a bulk of our cargoes can be transported through the waterways,” Mustapha said.
According to him, such a step would reduce the pressure on the nation’s roads.