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FRSC Tasks Motorists On Ethics

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The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC has called on motorists
in the FCT to exhibit the right driving attitude to complement the massive road
infrastructure being provided by government, to create safe traffic
environment.

Mr Kayode Fanola, the FCT Sector Commander of the FRSC, made
the call on Tuesday at a rally to sensitise motorists in the territory on
safety standards.

Our correspondent reports that the command organised the
rally as part of the one-week nationwide intensive awareness campaign declared
by the commission.

The FRSC had announced the suspension of booking of traffic
offenders between Sept. 10 and Sept. 14 in order to carry out a nationwide
intensive awareness campaign.

Fanola reminded motorists that failure to obey traffic rules
would expose road users to the dangers of accidents and deaths.

“The command embark on this rally to sensitise road users to
the attendant dangers we exposed ourselves to if we do not obey safety standards.

“The Federal Government has invested massively in the
provision of road infrastructure in Abuja, it therefore, behoves us all to
adopt the right attitude needed to complement the good roads and create safe
traffic environment.

“The needed attitude is the one that gives adequate respect
to the rights of all road users. We must shun all forms of recklessness, over
speeding and disregard for basic,’’ he said.

The sector command urged the motorists to exercise caution
as the “ember’’ months, which come with increase social and economic
activities, set in.

According to him, road users tend to take advantage of the
increased economic activities to abuse the road and disregard safety rules.

“The ember months have no mystery around them; it is the
attitude of road users at the period that is responsible for the increase in
road crashes that occur during the period.

“It is motorists who throw caution to the wind during the
months that are responsible for the unnecessary waste of lives and property on
the highways,’’ he said.

Fanola called on all stakeholders, including commercial bus
drivers, fleet operators, the media and other security organisations, to join
hands with the command to create the right attitude in motorists to make the
road safer.

He said that in spite of the command’s effort to prevent
accidents in the territory, some crashes were still being recorded.

Fanola said the command was capable of responding to such
crashes with minimum delay as there were emergency ambulances located at the
City Gate, Old Parade Ground, Kubwa Expressway and the Three Arms Zone as well
as Kugbo.

In his remark, Mr Ibrahim Halilu, an Assistant Director at
the FCT Command of the State Security Service, commended the FRSC for the
one-week nationwide safety awareness campaign.

Halilu urged the commission to continue to collaborate with
other security agencies and share information that could enhance the security
of lives and property.

He called on motorists to cooperate with the FRSC to make
the road safer.

Mr Dele Yaro, the Head of Operation and Chief Traffic Road
Officer of the VIO, called on motorists to respect traffic rules as there was
no evil associated with ember months.

Our correspondent reports that the various transport unions
within the FCT that were represented at the rally, pledged to collaborate with
the FRSC in achieving its objectives.

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Immigration Steps Up Anti-Touting Vigilance

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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Passports Command, Ikoyi, has increased its surveillance  on touting in a bid to check extortion within its jurisdiction.
Speaking in an exclusive chat with The Tide in Lagos, last Friday, the Immigration Comptroller, Passports Office, Ikoyi, Lagos, Deputy Comptroller Liman A.I , said the negative impact of touting on the nation’s economy would not be allowed to continue under his watch.
He said ,”we are applying persuasion, dialogue and seeking the support of all well meaning stakeholders in this area to spread the anti-touting message and dissuade people from unlawful acts. However, we could apply coercive power as the need arises.
“With the selfless leadership shown by the Comptroller General, Alhaji Mohammed Babandede, we at the PCO, Ikoyi, Lagos, have decided to re-dedicate ourselves to duty and complement the efforts of the CGIS. 
“We are prepared more than ever to wage the anti-miscreants war relentlessly.
Liman assured the general public of friendly environment for legitimate transaction in an effort to strengthen the national economy, warning deviants to shun touting and other related vices.
According to him, “the command has keyed into the various strategies including the use of ICT in gathering of intelligence, among others.
“The service believes that the fight against miscreants within its corridor cannot be undertaken by the service alone, hence our call on Nigerians to partner with us in ensuring that the passport seekers do not patronise touts to defraud them. Our resolve is unshaken and our commitment is total”. 
On her part, the Public Relations Officer of the command, a Deputy Superintendent of Immigration (DSI), Mrs Adetoun Shiyindemi, commended the Deputy Comptroller Liman, for his selfless service, pointing out that he has really given the officers and men of the command a sense of belonging. 
“Since the Comptroller came in, it has been a servant-leader relationship here at Ikoyi PCO and we are all motivated to put in our best with what the CGIS has given us, you will see a new immigration service”, she assured.

By: NkpemenyieMcdominic, Lagos

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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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