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Boat accident: FTAN wants waterways transportation captured in national devt. agenda.

Boat accident: FTAN wants waterways transportation captured in national devt. agenda.

 

…as Tarzan laments huge burden of survival by boat transport operators

 

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President, Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria, (FTAN) Mr Nkereweum Onung has called on the federal government to assist tourist boat operators in Nigeria to effectively respond to demand of waterways transportation ecosystem in the country.

According to the FTAN boss who flew into Lagos to condole Dr Gani Tarzan Balogun, President Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATON), over lives lost in the kwara state boat accident, disclosed that time has come for the federal and state governments to seriously consider boat transportation as a serious economy deserving funding and investment opportunities.

“We at FTAN most sincerely pray that such avoidable accident should not happen again anywhere in the country and wish to reiterate that the entire water transportation economy be captured in the national developmental agenda.

“As key members of our federation, we stand in gap in prayers with ATBOWATON and all boat operators in the country at this dark period, including the families of the victims of the accident and kwara state government” he explained.

Mr Nkereweum onung assured the leadership of ATBOWATON that the leadership of FTAN would join the ongoing efforts by the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) to unravel the cause of the incident and also suggest practical operational ways to forestall such sad occurrences happening again in the future.

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“Dear president of ATBOWATON, please be rest assured that we shall join your team to kwara whenever you are ready and also take the campaign to abreast government on the need to engage opportunities to assist boat operators to sustainably and effectively contribute to national socioeconomic development through maritime tourism ecosystem which is yet to be fully tapped and harnessed.

“The kwara Waterways accident should be thoroughly evaluated beyond the rash of sympathetic interests and emotional retorts but should serve as a wake-up call for serious intervention to resolve the pains and challenges of boating economy critical to harnessing the brown water maritime tourism industry.

“Our people, particularly those around our vast littoral communities, must have access to the enabling environment to travel safely, exploit the gold mine of maritime tourism, and contribute to the economic growth of the country,” Mr Nkereweum Onung reiterated.

Responding, Dr Gani Tarzan Balogun appreciated his timely visit, noting that the burden of survival by boat transport operators is huge and needs serious attention by the government.

“When accidents happen on water, there is always the rush to blame boat operators and too many people, the issues of lack of training are usually bandied about but in truth, certain operational and cultural pressures on operators contribute sometimes to avoidable accidents .

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“From accessing spare parts, the cost of fueling boats, insurance and absence of operational opportunities like fueling depots on waterways, cultural attitudes of our people to safe boating ecology, even taxes and levies by the authorities, can influence certain challenges,” Tarzan lamented.

ATBOWATON President added that he would mobilize the members of the maritime community and stakeholders to tackle the problems of water transportation in Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

Photo caption: From left; Gani Tarzan Balogun, President Association of Tourism Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATON) and Mr Nkereweum Onung, President, Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria, (FTAN) when the later paid condolence visit to the former in Lagos, recently.

 

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