The Nigerian Navy is partnering the National Inland Waterways and the Nigerian Export Import Bank to commence the hydrographic survey and charting of the Lower Rivers of Niger and Benue.
At the flag off of the survey in Ajaokuta local government area of Kogi State, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awal Gambo said the multiplier effects of the charting and survey will improve the economic fortunes of Nigeria
One of the cardinal responsibilities of the Nigerian Navy as contained in the Armed Forces Act, Law of the federation of Nigeria, is to make, chart and coordinate all national hydrographic surveys.
With this mandate, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awal Gambo was at the flag off of the charting of rivers Niger and Benue in Ajaokuta, and emphasized the importance of the exercise to Nigeria’s economic potential.
In terms of maritime operations, what then is the major importance of the survey?
The security advantage of the process was emphasized
Managing Director of the Nigerian Export-Import bank Abubakar Bello, and the managing director of the National Inland Waterways Authority, George Muoghalu made a list of some economic importance of the surve
Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello was on ground at the flag off, he wants the host communities to take advantage of the project
When completed, intercontinental trade would be greatly improved with Nigeria’s socio-economic and security fortunes to be greatly enhanced.