From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Inland Waterways Authority, Lokoja, Dr George Moghalu has expressed readiness to partner with the Media in publicising the activities of his organization.
Moghalu gave the assurance when the executive members of the Kogi Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists and members of the Correspondents’ Chapel paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Lokoja on Wednesday.
He said the only way to actualise his dream for effective transformation of the water transport sector was through collaboration with the media to create necessary awareness and adequate publicity for the organization to thrive.
“NIWA is presently grossly under reported. Most people don’t even know about its existence in Lokoja as its location is not in the center. Journalists can also give me information that could help me in tacking the affairs of the organization. Journalists could as well help us in marketing our organization” the MD/CEO observed.
Speaking on the devastation of COVID-19 pandemic, Moghalu said that his worry about the pandemic is on the post Coronavirus effect on the nation and global economy.
“I am not as worried as before about the havoc caused by the Coronavirus pandemic because the president Buhari-led administration has exhibited capacity to tackle the dreaded disease
” My worry is about the effect the pandemic will have on our economy. There is still more to be done for us to get back to normalcy. Am concerned on what is going to be our faith on the post Coronavirus pandemic effect ” the NIWA Boss stated.
He therefore appealed to media practitioners across the country not to relent in their enlightenment and sensitization efforts about the reality of COVID-19 and the necessity for citizens to continue to observe all precautional protocols that would protect them against contracting the disease.
Earlier, the chairman of the Kogi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Adeiza-Mommoh Jimoh had pledged that journalists in the state will work with the NIWA Boss to achieve his goal in transforming the water transport.
He called on the MD/CEO to encourage the Kogi state investment in the water transportation as its corporate responsibility to the host state.
“This organization is very dear to us as journalists and would do our best to work for its upliftment” the NUJ Chairman assured.