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Nigeria has over 10,000km 000 km of inland waterways. This water resource comprises rivers, creeks, lagoons and lakes, and intra-coastal water that’s which source is two main rivers, the Niger and the Benue, both of which form a confluence at Lokoja, in Kogi State. Although the longest is the River Niger, the most used waterway, especially by the larger watercrafts, is its tributary, the Benue River, especially for commercial activities in the delta area of Cross River and all along the coast to the Lagos lagoon. 

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) was established by Government the government to manage Nigeria’s inland waterways resources, NIWA issues licenses for inland navigation, piers, jetties and dockyards; surveys, examines, approves designs and the construction of inland river crafts and shipyard operators, ; grants permit permits and licenses for sand dredging and pipeline construction. 

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Security is an issue confronting waterways’ use. Over-crowding of vessels, poor watercraft, and sunken wrecks , above and below surface are among reasons for the many accidents on waterways in littoral states. 

Although there is potential and opportunities for economic development, the waterways remain under-utilised and under-developed despite successive governments spending money on dredging operations in past years. As a result the inland waterways are not currently a viable alternative to road transport for inland Nigeria. 

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  • establishing, maintaining and regulating the operation of any type of vessels and like carriers, pilotboats, ferries, lines and regular ferry services within the waterways of Lagos state; 
  • regulate egulating the use of internal waterways by all users including private and common carriers; 
  • enter ntering into contracts for the maintenance, exploration, superintendence, management and transit of all state and internal waterways and terminals, platforms, piers and jetties with any other person(s), authority, company or other private operators; 
  • institute nstigating and collect collecting water transportation tolls, rates and charges;  
  • clear clearing and maintain maintaining Lagos State Inland waterways free from all obstructions, derelicts, wrecks andabandoned properties and install installing route buoys gauges, distance boards and markings along the inland waterways of Lagos State. 

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Key Route Information (Domestic Only) 

 

From: CMS 

To: Apapa 

From: Apapa 

To: Ikorodu 

From: Mile 2 

To: Okoko, Iyana Oba 

Total Distance (km) 

1.5km5 km 

Not determined (approx.28 km by water then bus) 

Not determined (approx.25 km by water then bus) 

Width (m) 

 

 Not applicable, very wide. 

River Flow (m³ / second) 

Not determined (tidal estuary) 

Not determined (tidal estuary) 

Not determined (tidal estuary) 

Seasonal Effects 

No 

No 

No 

Maximum Weight and 

Size of Vessels 

No restriction 

No restriction 

No restriction 

Regular Traffic 

Passenger / Cargo 

Yes (passenger) 

Yes (passenger) 

Yes (passenger) 

Companies Operating 

Along the Route 

Sea coach transport 

Texas connection ferries 

Sea coach transport 

Texas connection ferries 

Local operators 

Security Concerns 

No 

No 

Possibly 

Main Ports 

CMS Jetty 

Flour mill jetty 

Flour mill jetty 

Ikorodu Jetty 

Liverpool / Mile 2 jetty 

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