The Barge Operators Association of Nigeria, BOAN has collaborated with the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN to enhance waterways transportation, seaports decongestion, and strengthen interface with the government and regulatory bodies. BOAN is working with National Inland Waterways Authority, NIWA, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Police, Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA and Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), in collaboration with regulatory agencies would engender better coordination of movement of crafts and barge operations as well as other third parties plying the waterways.
The President of BOAN, Mr Edeme Kelikume, said that the collaboration has become necessary for a better management of barge operations and activities on the waterways. He said, “We have been working tirelessly to put in place all that it takes to achieve maximum operational activities within our waters. We are training our men, while we secure the partnership of insurance companies to mitigate risks; we ensure safety and boost confidence. “We need to have the right navigational aids. Security is very key; with the Navy and Marine Police, we can have a secured waterway,”
Also, Mr. Ernest Udeze (of Royal Renacido), the Public Relations Officer of BOAN, said the association was working on mobile software to ease engagement and communication on the waterways. Udeze said that with the software, barges could be tracked in real-time as they leave the jetties. It presents an opportunity to build a strong, database for the industry, thus improving insight and enhance swift decision making and projections.
The President-General of MWUN, Mr. Adewale Adeyanju, said the partnership among the organizations would assist in becoming formidable in reaching its goals. Adeyanju said that the synergy would strengthen their interface with the government and regulatory bodies. He, also said the partnership would transcend beyond Lagos, adding that MWUN had engaged stakeholders across the country.