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CLO hails NIWA boss over Onitsha port resuscitation

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By Praise Necherem

Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) in Anambra State has commended the Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Chief Dr. George Muoghalu, for keeping to his promise of resuscitating moribund Onitsha River Port and reactivating Inland Waters for effective service delivery.

Chairman of the body, Comrade Vincent Ezekwueme, who stated this in a statement, said the people of the South East had dismissed the promises as mere rhetoric and usual political statement.

He said the NIWA boss has proved that there were still benevolent servant leaders, who could fulfill and accomplish their set goals for the citizenry.The Human Rights activist called on politicians and political class to emulate and live out Muoghalu’s patriotic, selfless, sacrificial and transparent disposition in discharging their duties.

He urged the NIWA boss to consolidate on the landmark achievement by dredging River Niger to enable ships berth at the port and provision of water tight security in all nation’s waterways. The statement reads: “When Chief Dr. Muoghalu was appointed chairman of NIWA on October 1 last year, he promised to resuscitate moribund Onitsha River Port, revitalise and reactive Inland Waters for efficient and effective service delivery and revenue driven and create jobs and wealth for the government and citizenry.”

He reiterated his mandate and mission during his meeting with Onitsha business community and stakeholders early this year when he promised to make Onitsha River Port, not only functional but port of final destination for southeast designated containers.

“We thought it is rhetoric and usual political statement. Fortunately, he has proved that there is still benevolent servant leaders, who can fulfill and accomplish their set goals for the citizenry.

“Pertinently, his recent commissioning of arrival of barges of containers to Onitsha River Port is a dream come true and the best and most cherished and celebrated project to southeast more than 40 years it was commissioned by former president Shehu Shagari administion.”

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