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FRSC To Attain World Class Standard Soon

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The management of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), says the organisation would soon attain a world standard in ensuring safety of lives on highways in the country.

The FRSC’s Corp Marshal,Mr Osita Chidoka, made the remarks at the commission’s Lagos Sector Command First Bi-annual Retreat 2013 recently.

Chidoka was represented on the occasion by Mr Chidiebere Nkwonta, the Head Project Implementation, FRSC, Abuja.

“FRSC is working on the aspiration of becoming a world class organisation, we say something and do it.

“We promised Nigerians that at our 25th anniversary, we are going to reduce crashes on the roads.

“We want the public to appreciate that we are actually reducing crashes, so this is urging the FRSC officials to double their efforts for 2015 to achieve our corporate objectives,’’ Chidoka said.

He appreciated the efforts of the Lagos Sector Command for meeting and exceeding the target set for them by the headquarters in 2012 aimed at reducing road accidents.

Chidoka urged the command to double its effort in 2013 to achieve the corporate objective of the organisation.

He said that Lagos residents should expect a repackaged, motivated workforce and staff of the FRSC that would double their efforts, friendly and more committed in 2013.

The Corp Marshall assured Lagos residents of reduction in road crashes in the year.

Mr Kabiru Lawal, the FRSC Zonal

Commander, urged the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to have clinics in their parks to check health hazards associated with road crashes.

Lawal said that the FRSC passengers’ watch would check and correct interstate drivers’ attitude at the motor parks.

He said that stubborn the drivers would be arrested at the next command on receiving a signal from where he embarked on the journey.

Lawal also advised the passengers to keep a close watch on the drivers for their safety as FRSC official could not be everywhere.

He said that the passengers should report reckless drivers at any FRSC checkpoint nearest to them.

The Chairman of the retreat, Mr Dele Agekameh, commended the FRSC officials for their unrelented efforts in reducing road accidents in the country.

Ajekamah called on FRSC to improve on its public enlightenment with a view to minimising carnages on the highways.

He urged the organisation to intensify researches on drivers’ attitude on the road and to clear obstructions on time to avoid accidents or delays.

The Lagos Sector Commander, Mr Nseobong Akpabio, said the retreat was a road map on the activities of the Sector in 2013.

“When we look at what we did in 2012 in the reduction of Road Traffic Crashes (RTC), and being in the second month of 2013, we cannot wait till the end of the year before organising the retreat.

“The retreat will prepare us for the delivery of our services accordingly,” Akpabio said.

He said that the command would work toward realising the target of reduction of road traffic crashes by 20 per cent and fatalities by 30 per cent this year.

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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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