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RTC Drivers Hail Management Over First Aid Boxes

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Drivers with the Rivers Transport Company (RTC), have hailed the management of the company for providing first aid boxes to their fleet of drivers to cushion effect of  emergency illment or accident on the road.

Some of the drivers who spoke with The Tide at their Base Park at Waterlines, Port Harcourt on Monday said the management’s gesture was worthy of emulation by all road users.

According to them,  the provision of the first aid boxes with some drugs, cotton wools and other materials would enable the drivers administer first aid treatments to accident victims or emergency ill-health cases, and assured of proper utilisation in case of any emergency.

The Senior Chief Driver of the company, Mr. Samuel Lelegipre said he was  impressed with the management’s foresight as such is necessary for every commercial and private vehicles, and opined that with the training acquired, he is optimistic that they would put it into action whenever the need arose.

Mr. Lelegipre, who described the provision as a right step in the right direction assured that the drivers would make use of them effectively.

Another senior driver, Mr. Cyril Nwankwo said he appreciated the gesture as it would revive passengers and drivers in case of sudden ill-health while travelling or minor accident and also thanked the management for the health care of the drivers and passengers.

Mr. Livinus Nnodim, an organic driver with RTC said the provision was very good especially for those plying the highways and recommended that all road users should endeavour to have one in their vehicles in the event of any sudden fever or minor accident, before going to hospital for proper medicament.

A Frenchise driver, Njoku Godspower with number FM 0261 Onitsha route expressed joy over the gesture and recalled an incident he had with touts sometime ago along. Igwuruta road when he parked his vehicle for a passenger who was sick, and opined that such embarrassments would be avoided with the provision of the first aid boxes and also commended the management for their vision.

Meanwhile, the Executive Director of Rivers Transport Company (RTC) Pastor Eyo Bassey had said 500 first aid boxes had so far been given to the drivers in case of any accident or sudden ill-health on the roads, saying more were still expected.

The provision of the first aid boxes is one of the requirement of Federal Road Safety Commission to all transporters.

 

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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