Residents of Bundu Ama Community and motorists plying Harbour, reclamation and industry roads in Port Harcourt have decried the deplorable condition of the roads.
The roads they said are now death traps as it cost them dearly in their day to day movements, affecting transportation fare and cost of living, and are therefore calling on the Rivers State Government to come to their aid.
A resident and vice chairman of Bundu Ama Community, Mr Gentle Asecheimie said its disheartening to note that these roads leading to the gateway to the nation’s economy in Rivers State are in such a bad condition and needed government urgent attention of rehabilitation and reconstruction, adding that concerted efforts had been made, but to no avail yet.
Mr Asecheimie said with the multi-national companies, Industries, Hotels and Commercial activities in the area, there is urgent need for the people to benefit the dividends of democracy, adding that as tax payers, it behoves them to enjoy government facilities, and appealed to the Rivers State Government to use the tax payers money to better their lot by reactivating the roads for better business activities.
He however lauded the state government on its numerous development strides and capital projects spread out all over the state, saying that they are highly commendable and worthy of emulation, pleading further that the residents and motoring public in Bundu Ama Communities needed such social amenities as well.
Also speaking, the chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Heavy Duty Truck, Ibeto branch, comrade Tamko Kenneth Sunday said the condition of the road is affecting their business and causing untold suffering and hardship to many drivers, and called on the government to consider their plight and put the roads motorable to allow free flow of traffic.
A business woman, Mrs Kate Obinna also lamented the condition of the Habour, and industry roads as it affects their business activities, and passionately appealed to government to come to their aid and repair the roads.
A Taxi driver, Okon Monday, Plying Aggrey Road to Reclamation said the road had damaged their vehicles and the drivers would soon increase fares because of the road.
Also, a senior staff of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Port Harcourt Ports who pleaded anonymity wonders why all roads leading to the sea ports in the country are always in bad and critical condition, and also stressed the need for government attention, especially that of industry and Harbour roads in Port Harcourt.
Meanwhile, The Tide Correspondent reported that due to the deplorable shape of the roads, commercial drivers have increased their fares from Aggrey Road to NPA, Reclamation and Mile one park to NPA.
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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