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‘Alcohol Causes 25,000 Deaths On Road’

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No fewer than 25,000 persons lost their lives daily from road accidents with majority of them resulting from driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Free Zone Plant Fabrication International Ltd, Federal Lighter Terminal, Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone, Rivers State, Engr. Babajide Soyode dropped this hint during a public enlightenment rally organised by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) at Rivers Transport Company (RTC) Park, Waterlines, Port Harcourt recently.

Engr. Soyode said the belief by some drivers that alcohol and drugs kept them alive and bold while driving was wrong, stressing that alcohol and drugs have  negative and direct effect on human senses and body parts.

“The activities of drivers involves the use of the human senses and body part, which include your eyes , hands legs and your mind (brain), and  alcohol and drugs have a direct effect on these senses when you use them while driving”.

He noted that alcohol are hypo-active depressants that could make individuals become poor in reflexes, slow in taking decisions and possibly, have blurred vision.

The General Manager warned that no worker should be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while on duty except prescribed by a qualified and competent doctor, adding “Always remember that safety is in your hands”.

Engr. Soyode, who was represented by the Coordinator, Health, Safety and Environment of the company, Anthony Osayande, in his paper on drugs, drink and drive said motorists on drug put their lives and others in danger, pointing out that, “a hero is one who drives and returns home to the waiting arms of his family and loved ones”.

Earlier, the Executive Director of RTC, Pastor Bassey Eyo thanked the organisers of the rally for choosing their Park, and assured that the beneficiaries would put into practice what they have learnt for effective road usage.

 

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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