The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo has been speaking on how to fast track Nigeria’s economy through good transportation systems
The Egba Paramount Monarch, noting that no economy can grow without good and sustainable means of transportation, said that the grid lock on Lagos-Ibadan expressway as well as the continuous damage to the road through heavy articulate vehicles would continue to slow down economic activities in Nigeria until a cheaper, safer, and more enduring Water transportation system is embraced by the Government
The Alake who was speaking while receiving the Managing Director of Nigerian Inland Waters Authority (NIWA); Chief George Moghalu, disclosed that Ogun river which covers 3 States; Oyo, Ogun, and Lagos, should be made navigable for Inland Waters Transportation along the three States as an alternative to road transportation
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo recalled that the Egba Nation’s survival was based on Olumo Rock; which provided a safe haven, and the Ogun River; a trade route for economic activities, adding that they were means of development to the economy
He also recollected that in 1893, the independent Egba Nation had two Custom Posts at Majidun, which was in respect of the trade agreement to allow free trade between Lagos and Yoruba Interland
He therefore appealed to the Federal government and the managing director of NIWA, to make his forefathers’ dreams come true by fully dredging Ogun River to enable heavy batches to carry goods from Seaports in Lagos to the Interlands in Southwest
He further projected that the dredging of Ogun River would also lead to modern human transportation as well as water fronts for tourism along its banks
Speaking earlier, the Chief Executive and Managing Director of NIWA; Chief George Moghalu disclosed to the Alake that he was in Ogun State to personally inspect and access water transportation in Ogun State with a view to identifying problems and solution
Chief George Moghalu also said that Nigeria had no alternative other than to exploit water transportation system since it is cheaper and safer than road
The Chief Executive of NIWA further disclosed that one batch could conveniently carry about ten trailer loads of goods, thereby, reducing lock jam and accidents on Nigerian roads
According to him, over 10,000 kilometers of navigable waterways in the country cut across 28 States; which will protects us as a nation if developed, and create sustainable means of cheaper and better transportation for economic growth and greater development
In the entourage of the NIWA group, was: MD/CEO; Chief George Moghalu, Barr. Danledi Ibrahim; GM Legal Shores, Engr. C. Ajindi; GM Engineering, Mr. TayoFadile; GM Corporate Affairs, Engr. J. Ororo; GM Marine, Mr. Uche Amadi; GM Business Development, DCP Shettinah Zanah; Head of Inland Waterways Police Command, Engr. Ojita Anazode; Technical Adviser to the MD, and Mr. Ajibola Ogboye; Area Manager, Abeokuta.
The Egba traditional ruler and High Chiefs present were: Oba Muftau Adisa Akindele; Olu Oke-Odo, Balogun of Egbaland; Chief Sikirullaih Atobatele, and Aare Baaroyin; Chief Layi Labode.