Remove sunken vessels within 14 days, NIWA orders owners

· Threatens to arrest persons, organizations engaging in cutting of wrecks

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Remove sunken vessels within 14 days, NIWA orders owners


As part of efforts to enhance safety and security within inland waterways in Delta and Edo States, The National Inland Waterways Authority, NIWA has given a 14 -day ultimatum to  owners of sunken vessels and abandoned equipment within right of way of the authority  to remove the wrecks with effect from tomorrow, Thursday May 2.


According to a release signed by the NIWA Area Manager, Engr. Tammy Fiberesima, owners of the wrecks or equipment are advised to visit the Warri Area Office of NIWA at Warri Dockyard within the stipulated period, with requisite requirements for identification and certainty of ownership, to facilitate removal as well as evacuation of the wrecks.


NIWA has also expressed concern over “the unauthorized, reckless salvaging and cutting within the waterways in Edo and Delta States”, which currently constitutes serious danger to waterways users.


In order to prevent loss of lives as a result of the illegal activities, the agency has vowed to commence arrest and prosecution of persons and organizations engaging in salvaging and cutting of scrapings of wrecks within the authority's right of way in Delta and Edo States without permission.


The agency maintained that it is the only government agency vested with the powers to remove, receive and dispose wrecks within its declared right of way.


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