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RTC Commissions Park At Rumuokoro

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The Executive Director of Rivers Transport Company Limited, Pastor Ayo Bassey, has said that the comfort and safety of passengers are paramount to the company.

Pastor Bassey stated this while commissioning a new motor park at Rumuokoro, in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area recently.

He said the park would ameliorate the difficulty faced by passengers residing within the area from coming to the company’s base at Waterlines House to board vehicles and travel.

According to him, the park built in partnership with other bodies would accommodate at least 30 vehicles, and enjoined both the drivers and passengers to patronise the park and enjoy the best in transport services.

In an interview, the Executive Director reiterated the adverse effect of loading and off-loading at passengers along the road by drivers, stressing that apart from causing traffic hold-ups, such drivers risk harassment and embarrassment from the law enforcement agents.

Loading from the parks provides safety to passengers going to anywhere”, he note and called on all commercial drivers plying the Rumuokoro route to avail themselves of the opportunity and patronise the park for their own comfort and avoid being arrested or getting their vehicles impounded by the police or Rivers state Road Transport Port Management Agency (TIMARIV).

He said apart from the 16 states in which RTC has motor parks,  the company was making effort to open motor parks in the remaining states of the Federation as transit points.

According to him, although RTC is facing some challenges including competing with other operators who he said feels that RTC is a threat to them because of its efficient performance, bad roads, unfavourable terrain among others, the company was working towards providing a point of sale machine to enable passengers pay their fares at the parks through the system.

In his remarks at the occasion, the Assistant General Manager, Business Development, Mr. Wariso said that RTC will ply Onitsha, Asaba, Owerri, Omoku, Beyelsa, Lagos, Abuja and other cities in the county, from the Rumuokoro Park close to Safari Fast Food.

Also speaking, the Councillor representing Ward Seven in Obio/Akpor LGA, Hon. Chinedu Ikwunga lauded the management of RTC for establishing a terminal at Rumuokoro and called for patronage while a consultant to the company for Rumuokoro Park, Mr. P.C. Nwabuzor advised commuters to take advantage of the services rendered by the company by travelling with RTC vehicles from Rumuokoro to other RTC Parks in other states for their comfort.

 

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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