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Drivers Hail Toll Gates Re-Introduction

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As controversy continues to trail Federal Government’s proposal to reintroduce toll gates on our highways, inter-state commercial vehicle drivers have supported the idea, saying that it is a welcomed development.

The Tide correspondent who went round some major motor parks in Port Harcourt reports that most drivers expressed joy over the government move aimed at maintaining traffic order on the road.

A transporter and chairman cordinator, Niger Delta Transport and Investment Co-operative, Prince Emmanuel Ogba said that before the take-off of the project, government should ensure that rehabilitation work is carried out on the roads since it is going to generate revenue to the government.

Prince Ogba lauded the move and said it would minimise crime and carnage on the road if government install highway lights, adding that it is a good development.

A driver with Chisco Services Anthony Onwankpa,  said he has no problem with the re-introduction provided government would use sincere and trusted people to manage the project, so that it will not be like the previous ones. He said government should use the type of toll gates at Lekki – Okpe Road in Lagos, as it opens and closes by itself after a vehicle had passed.

In his remarks,  a driver who plies Port Harcourt-Bayelsa route Elegbede Adeniyi, said he is in full support of such project, but that the Federal Government should ensure that it maintains the highways for hitch free transportation system.

A transporter, Azeez Ayo suggested that government should instal computerised sets to monitor the vehicles in order to recover stolen vehicles, stressing that the idea is okay provided government would repair the roads.

Another driver on Port Harcourt-Aba route Sir Peace Eze, said the plan by government on the re-introduction of toll gate is good as it would send most policemen on the road who extol money from drivers to go back to the stations. He lamented that there are over 38 check points from Aba to Port Harcourt and both the JTF, Federal Highway patrol and police collect over N900 from drivers per trip, pointing out that with the toll gates, such acts would be reduced.

A driver with Chisco Transport Company, Mr Aimiose Friday said the move would help reduce youth unemployment and crime in the society and that government should ensure that money accruing from the gate were well utilised to construct good road network for the interest of all road users.

However, the re-introduction of toll gates on our roads is welcomed  by all.

Collins Barasimeye

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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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