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Traditional Rulers Back FG On Road Construction

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Traditional rulers from the South-South zone say they will complement the efforts of the Federal Government in providing good road network in the region.

They made the pledge last Thursday when a delegation of the traditional rulers paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Work, Mr Mike Onolememen in Abuja.

The delegation comprised King Edmund Dakoru of Nembe (Bayelsa); King Dandison Douglas Jaja Jeki V, the Amanyanabo of Opobo kingdom (Rivers); and Alhaji Aliyu Danesi, Oba Idanesi II of Adonogie (Edo).

Dakoru, who spoke on behalf of delegation, promised that the traditional rulers would ensure that problems faced by contractors, who have to abandon work due to communal clashes, would be resolved with dispatch to encourage more development.

He said the south-south, with its economic value, needed more viable roads because “roads play major role in the economic transformation of the area’’.

Dakoru commended the ministry for the projects so far embarked upon in the region and pledged more support by the communities.

On his part, Danesi thanked the government for approving some projects for the zone.

He said the approval for the construction of new bridges on the Auchi-Ikare road would bring great relief to the people of the area.

Danesi recalled that the two bridges were approved for rehabilitation in 1999 but later abandoned.

Also speaking, Douglas commended the minister for the speedy completion of projects in the zone in spite of the topography of the area.

In his remarks, Onolememen said the ministry was working in line with the President’s transformation agenda, adding that projects were accorded priority based on their economic importance.

He noted that the East-West roads were major links to the South and South East zones and gave assurance that most abandoned projects would be completed this year.

The minister said that some of the South and South East roads, which were initially owned by the Federal Government, had now been transferred to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

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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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