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TIMA-RIV Dismisses 30 Officers Over Extortion

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The Rivers State Road Traffic Management Authority (TIMARIV), says over 30 officers have been dismissed by the authority over extortion of money from motorists, while one is in police cell at Olu Obasanjo Police Station, Port Harcourt.

The Deputy Controller-General of TIMARIV, Mr Confidence Eke disclosed this at an interactive session between the police, TIMARIV and the Federal  Road Safety Corps (FRSC), organised by Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Port Harcourt Area Command at the Police Officers Mess, Old GRA, Port Harcourt last Monday.

He said the authority had zero tolerance for corrupt officers, saying bad eggs would be shown the way out after thorough investigations.

According to him, there are no touts in TIMARIV, and hinted that the Intelligent Unit of the agency with tip-off would continue to apprehend culprits to face the full wrath of the law, as to serve as deterrent to others.

Mr Eke said fines paid by motorists arrested for traffic offences were fixed by the law, while they only enforce it as enshrined in the Rivers State Traffic Law. He called on the public to report any erring member of the authority, adding that TIMARIV would not fold its hands for lawless people to take the laws into their lands by disobeying traffic rules and regulations.

The Deputy controller-General disclosed that over 500 Keke-Napep have been apprehended and kept at the vehicle inspection office (VIO) along Moscow Road.

Mr Eke reiterated that they would not allow any vehicle that narrow the road, as such person would be arrested, adding that in case of vehicle breakdown, motorist should display caution sign or push car out of the road to allow free-flow of traffic.

He noted that all complain would be objectively looked into with passion, calling on the public to use the following numbers in case of any problem. 0803668838, 08094545960 and 08095674577, assuring that the Authority would continue to carry out its duties within the ambit of the law and called for public co-operation.

 

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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