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Motorists Hail Suspension Of New Number Plates

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A cross section of motorists in Port Harcourt have hailed the move by the National Assembly over the suspension of the issuance of new vehicle number plates and drivers licence by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), nationwide.

The Tide correspondent in a chat with motorists gathered that the exercise was ill-time and unnecessary.

The motorists who barred their minds said the Federal Road Safety Corps should concentrate on ensuring safety on the roads and reduce the rate of road accidents in the country.

A company driver, Mr. Eyitayo Tunde said it is wrong for the Federal Road Safety Corps to start such an exercise as the country is still passing through the scarcity of fuel in the country.

Mr. Tunde said the suspension had given a lot of car owners a gish of relist as many charged for the number plate and the licence is exorbitant, and commended the National Assembly for the move.

Mr. Tom Suku Woloye, a commercial driver said the issuance of new number plates by the Federal Road Safety Corps was a means of extortion from the common men (drivers), as the old number plates or licences are still in use and that the suspension is in a right direction.

Another driver, Mr. Alloyiou Okorie said that the FRSC supposed to give the new number plates to owners of new vehicle, adding that” there is no need for new plate number to an old bus”.

According to Mr. Okorie, the suspension has again assured that the present government has the interest of the masses, because if it is not suspended, the burden would be felt greatly by the commuters as all drivers would like to increase their fares coupled with the present fuel situation in the state.

Mada Felicia Soberekon, a private car owner also lauded the effort of the National Assembly, saying they have done a good job that led gladden the minds at the motoring public, as she led been thinking of how to raise the amount and go for the payment before its deadline of August this year given by the Federal Road Safety Corps.

Meanwhile, efforts to get reaction from the sector commander, Federal road Safety Corps (FRSC), Rivers State command, Mrs Mary Egba proved abortive as the PRO of the command, Ugwamba said the new sector commander is yet to settle down officially.

 

Corllins Barasimeye /Wealth Onyike

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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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