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PH Spare Parts Dealers Want Relocation

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The Port Harcourt Motor Spare parts Union, Ikoku Branch has appealed to the Rivers State Government and the Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority to facilitate the relocation of the industry to the proposed permanent site.

The appeal was made by the President general of Port Harcourt Motor Spare parts Union (Ikoku), Maxwell Anuonye in an interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt during the week.

According to him, a Memorandum of  Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, on June 2, 2010, while on June 7, 2010 the Commissioner for Urban Development, Osina Gina, signed the MoU on behalf of the ministry, Maxwell Anuonye signed for the Port Harcourt Spare Parts Union and Oruboko signed for National Technicians Association (NARA) in relation to the relocation of Ikoku spare parts market to the government-proposed site at the Greater Port Harcourt City.

He said that the MoU was between the Rivers State Government and SPAT, that is, combination of spare parts dealers and Technicians, saying that the proposed permanent site will be called SPAT village.

He explained that after signing the MoU, they were referred to Greater Port Harcourt Authority, the body that will allocate the land before commencement, saying, “we expected that GPHA would have given us all the necessary documents required for this relocation before we commence, but uptill this moment nothing has been done, all we experience is come today, come tomorrow. The MOU is saying 18 months for us to relocate to the permanent site, which we do not know if the MoU has started being effective or not, and if it has then it means we are running out of time”, he lamented.

Anuonye appealed that the Rivers State Government should urge the GPHA to hasten up the processes of allocating the 25.11 hectares of land which represents government’s equity share, as the arrangement is on private public partnership, saying that if completed, it will enable government monitor its revenue generation and union also monitor its members.

He lamented that Ikoku is no more conducive and accommodating to them, because the number of touts that don’t have shops are increasing daily, encouraging dubious activities and the union can no longer manage the crowd and its attendant irregularities.

The new place will be more organised, walled with gate and will be regulated by a government agency, he said.

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Union Urges NIMASA, RSG To Dredge PH/Bonny Jetty

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The Bonny Maritime Transport Association (BMTA) has called on the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Rivers State Government to dredge the Port Harcourt/Bonny Jetty to enhance marine operations.
The union said the low shore of the river hampers its operations and grounds boats.
The Marine Safety Officer, BMTA, Comrade Kings Don, who made the call, said the low shore of the jetty was not helpful to marine operations.
According to him, drivers and passengers find it difficult to ply the route whenever the tide is low, thus wasting man hours.
“Sometimes, we push the boat to a level it would afloat due to low tide suffered in the jetty. We are appealing to NIMASA and the state government to assist and dredge the jetty for more efficiency”, he pleaded. 
Don described the Port Harcourt/Bonny Jetty as the gateway to Bonny Island and other riverine communities, and called on NIMASA and the state government to intervene and make the marine sector viable in the area. 
He said that the prompt dredging of the jetty would enhance water transportation in the state and improve its revenue generation.
He, however, commended the security agents, especially the Nigerian Navy and the marine police, for rescuing the waterways and creeks from all forms of criminality.
Comrade Don appealed to the security agents to engage in 24-hour patrol of the routes and other channels to save lives and property.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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Boat Mishaps: Ship Owner Blames Absence Of Safety Regulations

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A renowned ship owner in the country, Alhaji Aminu Umar, has decried lack of standardisation and enforcement of safety measures on the nation’s inland waterways by the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).
He also blamed lack of will to enforce regulations, safety, standard and regulations on overloading, night voyage, rickety and old craft as causes of mishap on the inland waterways.
Alhaji Umar, who is a former president, Nigerian Shipowners Association (NISA), said in Minna, Niger State, recently that enforcement of safety and standard on the nation’s inland waterways was weak.
Reacting to incessant boat mishaps in the country, Umar said, “there is no standard applied on movement of people, as all kinds of boat are being used. It is important that we standardise, because lack of safety and standard will increase accident.
“I think, the task of NIWA is to standardise conditions and procedures on the nation’s waterways”.
He also called for the regulation of movement of badges and passenger boats across the port environment.
“It’s a huge risk allowing badges moving containers around the port area side by side with boats carrying passengers.
“Moving people and containers at the same time is a huge risk, and a safety concern.
“NIWA and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) should see to this and tackle the menace”, he said.

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Another Two Ships Arrive Onne Port, Today

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The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says two ships laden with cargoes will arrive Onne Port in Rivers State today.
This was contained in its weekly Shipping Position made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt.
The shipping position gave the names of the vessels as UAL Bodewes and SI Osiris, scheduled to berth at the port.
The statement also gave the names of the shipping agents as Interservice Nig Limited and Alraine Shipping.
The ships, according to the statement, were laden with oil well tools/containers and general cargoes.
The ships are expected to berth at the Brawal Federal Light Terminal (FLT) Berth 1B and Brawal FLT Berth 1A in Rivers State. 
The length of the vessels was, however, not indicated in the shipping position.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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