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RSG Assures On Monorail Phase One

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Rivers state Government, says it is poised to deliver phase one of the monorail projects before the end of this administration.

The Commissioner for Transport, Mr. George Tolofari stated this while speaking to journalists in his office recently.

Tolofari said the importance of modern and effective means of transportation cannot be over-stressed, adding that an efficient transport system is a social responsibility that the state government owes is citizens.

According to him, this awareness informed government’s venture into the monorail projects, saying that when completed, the project would be the first in West Africa and the fastest means of land transportation in the country.

He noted that anyone who would take over as governor of the state come 2015, should cue into the aspiration and vision of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi on the monorail project and complete it according to specification.

The Transport Commissioner also assured Rivers people that once the fuel problems stabilised, the forces for transportation would be reduced to the agreed price

Meanwhile, commercial drivers in the state have been directed to paint their vehicles in the state colours at sky blue, white and sky blue immediately or face government wrath.

The Transport Commissioner, Hon. George Tolofari who gave the directive during a meeting with members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Rivers State Chapter in his office recently said the directive became imperative to ensure easier identification in the event of any problem.

Hon. Tolofari warned that any commercial driver that failed to comply with this directive would be arrested and prosecuted, adding that the state government had mandated the Rivers state Road Traffic Management Authority (TIMARIV) to arrest and prosecute any transporter using the buss stops as loading points and operating at illegal motor parks.

In his response, the Deputy State Chairman of the NURTW, Pastor Duma Kalango thanked the government for their decision and assured of compliance.

 

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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