The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Rivers State command last Wednesday carried out a post Easter enlightenment campaign on safety at the Rivers Transport Company (RTC) Base Park, Port Harcourt.
Speaking at the occasion, the Rivers State Sector Commander, Mrs Mary Wakawa enjoined all road users to be safety conscious while on the road, observe road signs and obey traffic rules and regulations at all times.
Mrs Wakawa said RTC base park in Port Harcourt was chosen as records had shown that the outfit is one of the best organised transport companies in the country.
According to her, Rivers Transport Company is safety conscious and well organised as far as transport is concern, adding that their quality services had endeared them to customers’ high patronage in all parts of the country.
She enjoined the drivers to regard safety as their watchword and further advised them to maintain their safety consciousness, because the lives of their passengers are precious and lies on them during the journey.
Mrs Wakawa, who was represented by the Head of Operations, Anthony Okorie thanked the management of RTC for their foresight and managerial abilities, and reiterated that they should always enlighten the drivers to maintain the culture of safety, as they have been rated high among other transport companies in the country.
Also speaking, the chairman of the occasion, Pastor Tony Ochonogor of Foundation Faith Church lauded officers and men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Rivers State Command for their safety rally at parks and charged all drivers and passengers to ensure that they fasten their seatbelts always to stay alive in case of any road accident.
Pastor Ochonogor who harped on the benefits of seatbelt enjoined the drivers to put into practice what they have learnt.
Earlier, the Executive Director, Rivers Transport Company, Pastor Eyo Bassey who gave a brief history of the company said it had a strong management team that considered monitoring of their vehicles and drivers re-training as very important aspect of their operation.
Pastor Bassey said they regarded FRSC as a reliable partner in transportation business, adding that their untiring efforts in enlightening the public and road users are very commendable.
“Their effort to sensitise our parks to ensure no alcoholic drinks are sold in our parks is also of great importance to use”, adding that “despite the flurry of activities experienced on our roads and highways, they have tenaciously sticked to a cordial relationship with motorists, park operators and all those involved in transport business”.
He thanked FRSC for chosing the park to launch the campaign and prayed that the services rendered will rid the roads of accident and mishaps.
Highlights of the day was a lecture session on NDLEA – drug and drink driving by Anthony Osayande of Freezone Plant Fabrication Int’l Ltd, FLT, Onne and Seatbelt Violation by S.O. Ordu, Head of Training FRSC, Rivers Command with presentation of First Aid Boxes to the drivers.
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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