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Manager Makes Case For Onne Port Road

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The Port Manager, Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Onne Port Complex in Rivers State, Alhaji A. A. Goje, has called on the Federal Government to urgently come to the  rescue of the port over the deplorable condition of the only access road to the port complex from Onne round- about.

Alhaji Goje made the call during a parley with members of the Maritime and Energy Media Practitioners of Nigeria  (MEMP), who paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the port on Tuesday.

He said the deplorable situation of the road had been affecting business activities as movement of goods and personnel were most times stocked in a traffic gridlock.

According to him, it has been a great challenge for companies doing business at the port, especially at the Federal Lighter Terminal (FLT), as well as the Naval Training School, and stressed that there is urgent need for the government to come to their aid.

The port manager said the authority had been making concerted efforts towards attracting more importers to patronise the Port, and also hinted on the need to upgrade he FLT gate to a modern standard.

Alhaji Goje, who was represented by the Traffic Manager of the Port, Mr John Duru Olorunsaye noted that West Africa Container Terminal (WACT), has modern facilities and equipments as well as enough space for containers, saying that because of prize differential, most container vessels discharge their cargoes in Lagos, inspite of efforts by WACT to lure such importers to the port.

He disclosed that although the Port recorded about 250 service boats every month despite the low cargo turn-out, and assured that they would continue to improve on their services for more patronage.

On the issue of land allocation to the Oil and Gas Free Zone, the Port Manager said the land was acquired by the Federal Government for NPA, and that there was no law that authorised the management of the Port to allot land to the Oil and Gas Free Zone, who are their tenants.

He commended members of MEMP for their vision, assuring that their doors are open to partner with them.

Earlier, the president of MEMP, Nigeria, Bishop Ralph John said there was need to snergy with the Ports Authority as key agency in maritime and assured of assistance in publicising their operations for more patronage.

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Piracy: MWUN Tasks NIMASA On Security Of Inland Waters

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The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has called on the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to extend the activity wing of the Deep Blue Project to the inland waterways to curb piracy and other forms of criminal activities.
The Deep Blue Project consists of Nigeria’s maritime security assets commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.
Despite the launch of the USD195 million maritime security assets, criminal acts have persisted in the Gulf of Guinea (GOG) and the nations inland waterways, witnessing the abduction of eight persons including five maritime workers, along the Kula-Abonnema River.
Speaking on the abduction, Deputy General Secretary of MWUN, Comrade Oniha Erazua, urged NIMASA to extend the coverage of the Deep Blue Project to the inland waters considering the incessant abduction of travellers along the waterways.
“It’s appalling that five of our workers were abducted suddenly. It took the intervention of some stakeholders to get them rescued eventually. Our coastal waters are essential to the economy of the country and should be secured.
“Should we now leave our inland waters insecure to the detriment of our workers? It shouldn’t be. We are begging NIMASA to extend the activity wing of the Deep Blue Project to the inland waters that are prone to kidnapping and all other maritime related crimes”, he said.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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MWUN Members Relive Experiences In Kidnappers’ Den …Say They Were Fed With Garri, Flogged With Knives

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The five members of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Rivers State Branch, that regained freedom from kidnappers’ den last week say they were fed with only garri and flogged with knives and sticks while in captivity. 
The MWUN members said they were fed for three out of the six days in captivity in the hands of the suspected pirates.
Narrating their ordeal to The Tide shortly after their release in Port Harcourt, the victims comprising four men and one woman said they were set free and dumped at a mangrove forest near Abonnema between 8pm and 9pm.
“The experience at the mangrove was not easy, we were beaten with knives and sticks by the pirates.
“We were fed with garri for only three days through out our six days of captivity, once in a day”, one of the victims who did not want his name mentioned said. 
 The victims, however, declined to give reasons why they were abducted by suspected gunmen on their way to Port Harcourt on a commercial boat.
It would be recalled that the five members of MWUN were kidnapped two weeks ago by suspected pirates onboard a commercial boat from Kula, near Abonnema to Port Harcourt to attend a meeting. 
The MWUN gave their names as Comrade Wisdom Iderima, Chairman, MWUN, Kula Unit; West Opubo, Secretary, MWUN, Kula, Unit; Ajenina Daniel, Vice Chairman, and Madam Clementeba Clementeba Exco officio of MWUN, Kula Unit. 
One of the abductees, Madam Clementeba said she had been kidnapped three times by pirates.
She said she had 12 boats that used to ply Kula /Abonnema routes, but had all been stolen by criminals.
She said sea robbers had carted away 10 of her speed boats for no reasons.
Clementeba called on the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the state government to assist her recover her missing boats and curb sea piracy on the waterways.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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NIWA Threatens To Arrest Fishermen Defecating In Lagos Lagoon

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The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has threatened to arrest and prosecute any fisherman that defecates into Lagos lagoon.
This was contained in a statement by Kelvin Eba, an official of the agency working at the Liverpool area of Apapa, Lagos while warning the fishermen.
Eba said the agency would no longer tolerate the practice, but insisted that it would arrest and prosecute any culprit.
He said NIWA had set up patrol teams to arrest offenders, most of whom he described as “illiterates and drug addicts”.
He said, “Defecating into the river, lagoon and such places is classified as open defecation, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), can lead to the outbreak of diseases including diarrhea and others associated with ingesting and exposure to human waste”.
The Tide reports that in October 2019, Nigeria became the number one open defecation nations in the world, overtaking India. 
An estimate of 10 to 50 million Nigerians are said to be defecating in the open space.

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