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FRSC Inaugurates Housing Units For Staff

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The Corps Marshal, Fed
eral Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr Osita Chidoka, has inaugurated 100 housing units for its staff in Gombe State .
The Project Coordinator of the FRSC Housing Scheme, Mr Ebenezer Adebisi, who made the disclosure last Sunday, said that the houses comprised two and three bedroom flats.
He said that Chidoka used the opportunity to inaugurate some street lights and zebra crossing within Gombe metropolis as part of efforts to ensure free flow of traffic in the state.
Adebisi, an Assistant Corps Commander, noted that housing was a critical component in the FRSC’s staff welfare programme.
He assured that the scheme would deliver over 2000 units to the operatives nationwide between now and 2015, adding that 3000 plots of land had been acquired for the project.
“The scheme started less than two years ago, we want to deliver nothing less than 2000 housing units under the first phase between when we started and 2015.
“So far, we have delivered over 300 units and by the fourth quarter of 2013, we would have delivered over 700 units,’’ he said.
Adebisi said that 44 units had been delivered at Gwagwalada, while efforts were being made to deliver another 200 units at Zuba, to accommodate staff in the FCT and its environs.
He also said that by the fourth quarter of 2013, 125 units would be inaugurated in Enugu.
According to him, 150 of 500 housing units meant for the Lagos axis will be inaugurated in the first quarter of 2014, to take care of staff in the South-West region.
Adebisi said that the commission was implementing the project in partnership with the Federal Mortgage Bank and other commercial banks under the Private Public Partnership (PPP) agreement.

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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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