At the just concluded 2022 conference and award ceremony of Association of Maritme Journalists of Nigeria (AMJON,
the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Lagos Area Office wom the Most Outstanding Area Office in Nigeria
The Lagos NIWA Area Office headed by Engr. (Dr) Sarat Briomiah is Standing out as a model in the country as verifiable enforcers of refreshing transformation. Strategically anchored, the NIWA Lagos office has developed into an excellent professional overseers and minders of our Waterways architecture with hands on professionals delivering services which impacted the growth and well-being of operators in the state area office.
No doubt, NIWA clients and other stakeholders, adjudged the Lagos Area Office as the most vibrant, active, professionally driven in the country, when compared to other area offices in the Nigeria.
ENGR. (DR) SARAT BRAIMAH MAGIC WAND AT LAGOS NIWA.
Engr. ( Dr) Sarat Braimah since assumption of office as the Lagos Area Manager of NIWA has shown capacity and unprecedented determination to bring new ideas in the transformation f the NIWA mandate at the Lagos Area Office.
Under her watch, strategic training and retraining of boat captains , owners and other stakeholders has become a Catholic creed and yielding expected results, with almost zero accidents and mishaps, a thing of the past. The licensing of both boat owners and captains, is now modelled through training ecology unlike before where application for operational licensing bore no timelines of ethical practice. Indeed, the “train and be licensed” agenda introduced by NIWA under her watch, drastically curbbed boat mishaps and accidents on our waterways.
Engineer ( Dr) Sarat Braimah and her team are aggressively carrying out safety and security campaigns to the riverine communities in the state to educate them on the best and safest ways to use the waterways , impactful to the reduction of accidents in the riverine communities, where heritage boating activities, are now driving from knowledge perspectives.
NIWA Lagos office is also carrying out regular stakeholders engagement to keep them abreast of the new developments, in technologies, climate change, Brown water economy, innovations and policies of the government and global benchmark on environment and community inland waterways transportation.
On Regulations and Enforcement, the Engr. Sarat Braimah, leads by example, driving the patrol and enforcement architecture of NIWA in Lagos, scaling her officers to be proactive and responsive to day and night patrol checks on the very vibrant and fast growing waterways in Lagos, inorder to checkmate, monitor and arrest defaulters of extant regulations, especially against night sailings , wearing of life jackets, over speeding , overloading, drunkenness to bring sanity to the waterways.
The NIWA, Lagos office is constantly distributing life jackets to both passengers and boat Operators as it’s CSR to encourage and curb boat mishaps.
Recently, NIWA commissioned water ambulance for emergency and rescue operations on water. It has also commenced the removal of wrecks from the waterways channels, as well as mapping of routes for Inland Waterway users.
The Engr. Sarat Braimah administration has brought so many innovations and ingenuity to bear at the Lagos Area Office of NIWA, which has in turn increased the stakeholders confidence on waterways transportation in the Lagos axis. In fact as at today, Lagos NIWA is the the the heart of interpretating and promoting NIWA activities in Nigeria.
It was based on these great strides and development in the Lagos Area Office of NIWA, the Association of Maritme Journalists of Nigeria (AMJON) in its 2022 Annual Conference and Awards held on Monday 19th December 2022, nominated the Lagos NIWA office for an award of the ” MOST OUTSTANDING NIWA AREA OFFICE IN NIGERIA”.