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FRSC Cautions Motorists Against Unsafe Driving

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The Imo Sector Command, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr. Ayodele Kumapayi, has cautioned motorists on the danger of driving in rainy season without functional safety devices in their vehicles.

This is contained in a release signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Imo Ekong, in Owerri recently.

Kumapayi charged the unit commanders to sensitise the people at motor parks, schools, churches, mosques and other places on safety tips and the need to drive carefully this period.

Kumapayi  urged motorists to ensure that their windscreens, wipers and head lamps were functional.

He also urged them to pull off the road when there was poor visibility during down pour.

Kumapayi also advised motorists not to endanger the lives of their passengers during this period by driving vehicles with malfunctioned safety devices.

In another development, the Bauchi State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has warned motorists and motorcyclists against driving on wrong lanes on major highways in Bauchi.

The Public Enlightenment Officer of the command, Malam Ibrahim Gaidam, gave the warning while speaking with newsmen in Bauchi said that some motorists and cyclists operating in the state were often using wrong lanes as short cuts.

Gaidam said that violation of traffic rules were more pronounced along Murtala Mohammed way and maiduguri Road, noting that many motorists violated traffic on the roads in spite of previous warnings.

According to him, the Commission will henceforth, intensify patrol and anybody who fails to use the proper lane will be arrested and deal with.

“The commission is aware of motorists and motorcyclists using wrong lanes, especially at the Murtala mohammed Way connecting with Maiduguri Road and at the round about near Nasarawa gate by A.A. Rano filling Station,” he said.

A commercial motorcyclist, Mr. Andrew Musa, told The Tide correspondent that many of his colleagues were using the wrong lane as short cut.

According to him, it is to make it easier for them to across the highway without having to go far.

Musa said that he was aware of the danger involved in taking wrong lanes but that sometimes he had to break the law like other motorists.

It will be recalled that recently, a motorcyclist had a head-on collision with an on coming vehicle on Murtala Mohammed Way, sustaining serious injury along with his passenger.

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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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