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Police To Clamp Down On Fake Road Traffic Officials

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The Commissioner of Police, Rivers State, Mr. Muhammed Ndabawa says the police would soon, clamp down on fake road traffic officers with different colours of uniforms who parade themselves as TIMARIV officials.

Mr. Ndabawa disclosed this during an interactive meeting for stakeholders in traffic management in Port Harcourt metropolis organised by the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Port Harcourt Area Command held at the police officers mess, old GRA, Forces Avenue, Port Harcourt last Tuesday.

He said they must soon fish out the various groups that are masquerading themselves as traffic management agents or taskforce by embarrassing and harassing innocent citizens on the road, advising the motoring public to inform the police of such elements for possible arrest and to face the long arm of the law.

The police boss who condemned the use of military as taskforce in the state said such is undemocratic and abuse of office as the military were not trained for such duties, and enjoined such agencies to stop forthwith.

He said the operations of traffic management should be tailored to target in order for the people to feel safe and go about their normal businesses unmolested and without tension, adding that the police should be well equipped to work with the traffic management agencies for effective enforcement.

The Commissioner of Police frowned over the illegal and unauthorised use of siren by both officers and company drivers on the road, and disclosed that some arrest have been made to this effect, warning all those in that habit to stop forthwith.

He said siren could only be used when the police is chasing criminals, on distress calls or emergency, adding that erring drivers would be made to face the music.

The police boss, who was represented by the assistant commissioner of police operations, Mr. Godwin Nwobodo enjoined the motoring public to obey traffic laws and commended PCRC for organising the enlightenment programme which would go a long way.

Also speaking, the controller general of Rivers State Road Traffic Management Agency (TIMARIV), Dr. Nelson Jaja advised motorists not to fight or send tugs to attack officials of the agency while on duty, saying they are exercising their legitimate duties established by law.

Dr. Jaja, who was represented by the Chief Traffic Controller, Mr. Confidence Eke called on the public to report to the office any TIMARIV officials who attempted to arrest them when they parked their vehicles off the road to answer or make a call, as the agency would not tolerate criminality and further enjoined all to obey traffic laws.

He also advised that the public should report any suspicious officer with coloured uniform without proper name and tag to the authorities for action, pointing out that two of such fake officers are in police custody at Olu Obasanjo police station.

In his speech, the Commissioner for Transport, Hon. George Tolofari, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr. Somiari Isaac Harry decried the act where military personel manhandled TIMARIV officials whenever their vehicle or motorcycle were seized, adding that the agency was set up with a law in 2009, and also called on the motorists to obey traffic laws.

Earlier, the chairman, PCRC, Port Harcourt Area Command, Mr. Godfrey Agorom said the programme was aimed at sensitising the motorists on the role law enforcement agents and the road traffic management agencies are to play to ensure sanity on our roads, adding that the activities of uncountable uniform groups causing unnecessary tension on the roads should be checked now by all stakeholders, and thanked all for making the prograame a huge success.

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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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