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Uduaghan Advises Parents On Child-Accident Prevention

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Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta has advised parents to ensure safety of children, especially on road, as a way of protecting them from road accidents.

Uduaghan gave the advice in Asaba last Friday at the launching of N300 million for Children Accident Preventive Initiative (CAPI) initiated by the state command of the Federal Road Safety Commission.

He said that the advice became necessary because it was parents responsibility to protect the children from hazards.

Represented by his Special Adviser on Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Ann Chalokwu-Orumade, the governor said that safety of life and property on roads was the responsibility of everyone.

He added that the launching of CAPI, especially during “ember months”, was very timely.

Uduaghan pledged state Government’s support for the success of the initiative.

“We are totally in support of the execution of CAPI initiative. Our support stems from the belief in supporting life-enhancing programmes,’’ he said.

He added that the State Government was always in support of issues concerning safety and strengthening of life “because they are in tandem with human capital development arm of our three- point agenda’’.

A member of the state House of Assembly, Mr Sam Obi, called on religious groups, individuals and corporate organisations and government agencies to support the initiative.

Obi said that FRSC campaign to keep the children alive through CAPI was a worthy programme that needed the support of the people to succeed.

The legislator described the commission’s Customised Reflective Armband and Jacket project as a laudable programme.

Obi, who noted that the programme was well conceived, recommended it to all school children in the state, while promising to kit 1,000 school children across the state.

Earlier, the Consultant to FRSC on CAPI, Mr Steve Akujobi, said the project was part of measures by the commission to prevent road accident among school children while crossing the highways.

According to him, if the school children are kitted in the CAPI materials when crossing the highway, oncoming vehicles will sight them from afar before getting to them.

The consultant, who noted that road accidents had claimed the lives of many children over the years, said that safety on the roads was a collective responsibility of all citizens.

The chief launcher of the project, Chief Uche Okpuno, said survey had shown that road accidents had claimed the lives of children more than HIV and AIDS in the country.

He called on the people to support the project, noting that it was the first time FRSC was introducing a well-package project to reduce and prevent road accidents among school children.

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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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