As part of activities marking this year’s Mothering Sunday, the Mother’s Union and Women’s Guild of St Bartholomew Anglican Church, Fimie, Somiari, Tere-Ama parish in the Diocese of Okrika, in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State have commissioned an 18-seater bus.
The bus which would ease movement during evangelism and other expenses being incurred as transport during official church activities, was commissioned last Sunday by the vicar of the church, Rev Israel Lawrence.
Rev Lawrence while performing the ceremony commended the foresight and generosity of the Mothers Union and the Women’s Guild on their gesture, which he said was worthy of emulation.
He said “it is to the glory and service of God”.
Earlier in her speech, the president of the Mothers Union/women’s Guild of the church, Mrs. Tamunoemi Lawrence called on the Christian faithful to be exemplary and be worthy of emulation at all times.
Mrs. Lawrence said as Christian mothers, much was expected of them by their family members, the church, close associates and the society at large, adding that as the theme of the day implies, women should truly be good shepherds in all facets of their life.
She enjoined all to be committed and prayerful, stressing that they should be more proactive in the things of God.
In her sermon on the theme, “Women Ge Good Shepherds”, Mrs. Mina Wakama admonished women in the Christian faith to emulate the virtuous woman who cares for every one that comes in contact with her, and urged them not to discriminate or segregate against any one.
She enjoined them to abstain from unworthy activities, stressing that God wants all Christians to be good shepherds.
Highlights of the day were the presentation of gifts.
Union Urges NIMASA, RSG To Dredge PH/Bonny Jetty
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
Boat Mishaps: Ship Owner Blames Absence Of Safety Regulations
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.
Another Two Ships Arrive Onne Port, Today
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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