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PHCCIMA Seeks Rivercrafts For Coastal Communities

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The President of Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA), Engr Vincent Furo has appealed to the Rivers State Government  to provide the riverine communities with ferry boats.

Engr Furo, who made the appeal in an interview with The Tide in his office in Port Harcourt said the call became necessary following the untold suffering sea commuters faced while travelling to their communities.

The PHCCIMA boss said communities like Bonny, Kula, Ke, Ngo, Opobo, Bolo, Tombia, among others are in dire need of such facility, as they are tax payers and citizens of the state.

He said that the chamber was worried  over lack of government’s attention on marine transportation in the state, as the devastating effect of speed boats, are alarming, especially with pregnant  women and sick patients that needed urgent  medical attention.

According to him, effective marine transportation would cushion the suffering of the people of these communities  and make them feel the impact of democracy dividends.

Engr Furo noted that transportation of goods, foodstuffs or building materials from Port Harcourt to some of these communities had been a herculean task, coupled with the menace of sea pirates on the routes, but the provision of such effective marine transport system by the government, would ameliorate the suffering of the people.

He further appealed to the government to construct a befitting landing jetty at the Bonny waterfront in Port Harcourt, which had become a great concern to the people using that sea route to their various communities.

The PHCCIMA president however, disclosed that the body was making plans in ensuring that multi-national companies assist in sustainable development in the areas of agriculture, fishing and provision of small scale industries and other social amenities as part of their social  responsibilities to communities.

He said the provision of such business opportunities would help reduce unemployment rate in the state and boost the economy.

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Ports Operator Decries Proliferation Of Bonded Terminals In Lagos

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A chieftain of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Apapa chapter, Mr. Frank Aliakor, has decried the proliferation of bonded terminals in Lagos metropolis, saying it constitutes noise pollution within the residential areas. 
The  seaports operator alleged that some of the off dock terminals were not duly licensed by the Federal Government, thus creating problems for shippers freight agents and occupants in residential areas.
He also queried the approval of some of the off dock terminal operators due to poor handling of equipment in their possession.
Speaking with The Tide recently, Mr. Aliakor noted that the proliferation of bonded terminals had worsened traffic situation in Lagos State and called on the government to regulate their activities. 
 Though the customs broker declined to mention names of some of the erring operators, he alleged that with the movement of imports to such facilities, cargoes were not properly examined due to lack of adequate manpower and relevant security personnel at the terminal to checkmate the activities of unscrupulous agents and shippers during physical examination.
Aliakor reiterated that activities at some of the off dock facilities were not properly monitored against the background of insecurity in the country, noting that the mother port still had space for examination before the final evacuation of cargoes.
He also disclosed that the seaport terminals are empty as a fall out of the atrocities of some scrupulous importers,  pointing out that due to the thriving illegalities at the bonded terminals, most of the shippers take the advantage to move their consignments to such facilities.
Aliakor who is a critical stakeholder at the Apapa seaport lamented that activities of the freight stations also heightened gridlock along major highways linking various communities in Lagos State thus constituting nuisance and pollution for residents.
“The issue of proliferation of bonded terminals is alarming because everybody wants to own a terminal outside the seaports and this calls for concerns.
“All these terminals are constituting nuisance within the community in Lagos and I will suggest for government to review the establishment of some of these terminals”, he said.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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NIMASA, Customs Agree On Modalities To Deliver Deep Blue Project …As NPA Reshuffles Cabinets

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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Customs Service have agreed on modalities for seamless and timely delivery of the Deep Blue Project assets currently at the ports.
The agreement was reached in a meeting between the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, and Comptroller General of NCS, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd.), in Abuja, last Thursday.
According to Jamoh, “because of the peculiarities of the urgent need of these assets, there is a need to find a common ground that would assist in the full deployment of these assets”.
While appreciating the customs boss for the efforts in clearing the Deep Blue Project assets still at the ports, Dr. Jamoh urged the customs to share information and capacity with NIMASA to ensure successful implementation of the Deep Blue Project.
The NIMASA DG also raised the issue of the Modular Floating Dock, which he described as a public asset to be managed by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC).
A statement signed by the Assistant Director, Public Relations, NIMASA, Osagie Edward, quoted Jamoh as saying that, “The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) is fully involved in the process to select a management partner for the Modular Floating Dockyard. 
“We urge the Nigerian Customs to see and treat the asset as a national asset that should enjoy some concession in terms of duties”.
“When it becomes operational, hundreds of direct jobs will be created and thousands of indirect employment will also be created”.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko, has approved the appointment of three new port managers.
This is in a bid to engender operational efficiency and make NPA the maritime hub of Africa.
The new appointees are Yitnoe Stanley Magaji, former Technical Assistant Managing Director, Marine and Operations, now as Port Manager, Onne; Buba Jibril, former Traffic Manager, LPC appointed as the Port Manager, Tin Can Island Port, and Ovbude Nelson Uwaifo, former Traffic Manager, Dangote Jetty, now as  Port Manager, Calabar.
The erstwhile Port Manager, Tincan Island Port , Engr. Yunusi Ibrahim Anji, moves to corporate headquarters as Assistant General Manager, Port Engineering, while Dantsoho M Abubakar, former Port Manager, Onne now becomes Technical Assistant Managing Director, Special Duties.
Leoso Akintunde Oladipo, Principal Manager Traffic LPC, assumes duty as Traffic Manager, Lagos Port Complex, while Aliyu Abubakar, Principal Manager, Traffic Kirikiri Lighter Terminal, takes over as Traffic Manager, Dangote Jetty, Lekki.
The appointments, according to a statement by the NPA, take immediate effect.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Expert Blames Isaka Jetty Collapse On Lack Of Maintenance

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A renowned marine expert in Rivers State, Comrade Kins Dimkpa, has blamed the recent collapse of Isaka Jetty on lack of maintenance culture.
The marine safety officer who decried the unfortunate incident that claimed one life, said jetties all over the world required regular maintenance to avoid carnage.
Dimkpa stated this in Port Harcourt during an interview with The Tide. 
He decried overcrowding of jetties by passengers, saying jetties are not built to accommodate crowds, but as walkways for passengers to board boats.
Describing the Isaka Jetty as an old structure, Dimkpa called on the state government and other relevant authorities to embark on maintenance of jetties every five years to avoid collapse.
As a panacea to reduce over-crowding around the jetty, he advised the government and local authorities to set up a task force to control crowd and movements around the jetty.
While advising passengers to avoid over-crowding and keep away from heavy objects, Dimkpa urged that marine divers should be stationed in every jetty for rescue mission.
The safety officer also cautioned the end users against defecating on top of the jetty, saying such act wears up the jetty and causes collapse.
He advised passengers embarking on a water journey to wear life jackets to curb boat mishap
 He appealed to security agents to ensure safety of lives at the jetty by controlling crowds as well as arresting those embarking on night travelling.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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