- As Kogi residents laud NIWA for dredging, maintenance of waterways
Five workers have been killed and at least four seriously injured when a crane collapsed at the South Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries, Yonhap news agency informed citing firefighting officials.
Up to ten other workers are reported to have sustained minor injuries in the incident at the Geoje yard that occurred on Monday, May 1st.
According to the report from the Korea Herald that cited police officials, two cranes collided, causing a structure to fall from one of the cranes, from up to 60 meters of height, onto a ship under construction.
As informed, operations are underway to rescue potential victims that may be buried at the site following the 32-ton crane’s collapse.
The cause of the incident is yet to be determined.
In the meantime, some residents of Kogi have observed that the dredging maintenance of the Ajaokuta-Onitsha waterways would reduce flood in the state.
Some of them, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate inteviews in Ajaokuta on Monday, expressed delight about the initiative and commended the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) for it.
Apart from preventing flood, Mr Adoga Ibrahim, Special Adviser to the state Governor on Multilateral Agencies and Special projects, said the dredging exercise would create employment for the youth.
“It is a fantastic initiative for Nigeria and for the state and we are really happy about these happenings because it will open up the business potential for our state.
“We are going to see growth in employment opportunity for our youths, we are happy as this can reduce flood because when the river is dredged, it can flow better,’’ he said.
Similarly, Mr Yakubu Osani, the Chairman, Kogi State Internal Revenue Service, said the river was connecting 28 states and dredging it would boost the economy of the states.
“The dredging is so important in the history of the state because looking at the economy aspect of it, it is enormous.
“The dredging is going to connect several states meaning that the economy activities will be much and Kogi indigenes will benefit a lot from it.
“If this initiative had been in place, the flood disaster that occurred in 2012 would have been prevented,’’ he observed.
Similarly, Chief Musa Achuga, Chairman, Ajaokuta Traditional Council, appreciated the government for bringing the initiative which would boost the activities of the community.
“We thank God that he has brought this progress to us this time around and we are very happy for what is happening today, it is part of progress we are envisaging ,’’ he said.
Also, Chief Kasin Ibrahim, the head of Ajaokuta, pledged that the community would give full support to ensure that the project was successful.
“It is a pleasure having this type of project, we have been expecting it, it has come to materialise and we thank the government.
“The community is giving its full support to ensure that this project completed,’’ he said.
Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi inaugurated the 162-kilometre waterways dredging maintenance of Ajaokuta-Onitsha on April 29 to be completed in two months.
World Maritime News with additional report from Today