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Comptroller Wants Gadgets For FRSC

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State governments have been called upon to assist the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) otherwise known as “Road Police”, with the provision of logistics and communication gadgets to further enhance security, safety and efficient operations on the road.

The Assistant Comptroller of Prisons, Mr Imo Ikahokwhuele made the call while presenting a paper titled, “Security, Prospects and Challenges for Patrol Operation at a retreat organised by the Isiokpo Unit Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) held at Vintage Farms, Elele in Ikwerre Local Government Area, Rivers State recently.

Mr Ikahokhuele said for FRSC to adequately and efficiently prevent or minimise accidents on the highway and in our roads, leaves much to be desired, stressing that, “if the regulatory body provides more funds, operation tents for logistics, patrol equipment, administrative capabilities to commensurate with the incidences on our highways.”

He said special patrol operations in collaboration with other security agencies and paramilitary outfits in the country should be sustained for the safety of road users and the citizenry.

According to him, convoy drivers, deplorable condition of our roads and behaviours of some unfaithful road users were some of the challenges facing the road police in their effective patrol operations, and advocated for a legislation that would combat drug driving as well as include road safety into the secondary and tertiary institution curriculum to further enhance safety on our nation roads.

The Prisons Assistant Comptroller however noted that to realise these goals, there is need for an electronic speed measuring and monitoring devices, arrest and self defence tactics, drug detective device, advance detection, apprehension and prosecution of persons under the influence of alcohol and judges and prosecutors seminars to improve current on-going measures of FRSC operations.

“The above is to ensure that through the right information, the new generation of Nigerians will be better road users, thereby reducing to the barest minimum the ugly carnages prevalent on our highways at present,” he said.

Mr Ikahokhaele, who highlighted the importance of security, the statutory functions of the corps and opined that he is proud of FRSC Isiokpo unit command for their display of high standard and professionalism despite the teething odd.

In his paper, an educationist, Mr. Godspower Amadi said the establishment of FRSC is indeed a vision of inestimate value as it ensures the safety of lives and property on the roads, and enjoined them to imbibe the moral standards of the corps to perform better on their job professionally.

Mr Amadi, who highlighted the attributes to obtain the moral standards of good behaviour, noted that, “there is need for an individual in any organisation to perform up to acceptable moral standards in the interest of the realisation of the set objectives of the organisation.”

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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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