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Hard Time Awaits Corrupt FRSC Officers

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The Federal Road Safety
Commission (FRSC) has expressed its determination to flush out corrupt officers.
The FRSC Sector Commander in Oyo State, Mr Godwin Ogagaoghene, told newsmen in Ibadan recently that the existence of some bad eggs would not deter the commission in tackling corruption.
“We do not believe that we are angels because we have one or two officers not complying with the rules of the organisation.
“We may still have a few of our officers extorting money from motorists, but we are doing everything to curb this problem by punishing the erring officers,” he said.
He said the commission had put in place four different levels of surveillance teams to check the activities of officers on patrol.
“We have the National Surveillance Team followed by the Zonal Sector Command and Unit Surveillance Teams.
“The surveillance teams operate at their different levels by conducting random checks on officers on the road for items that may be implicating,” he said.
Ogagaoghene, however, advised motorists to desist from offering money to officers when apprehended.
He urged motorists to check for the staff number and name of any officer requesting for money and to report such to the command.
“We will take up the matter immediately,” he said.
The FRSC boss, who gave an assurance that such allegation would be investigated, further said:
“We have cases where traffic offenders turn around to accuse our patrol teams of extortion, when indeed, they had earlier molested our officers.
Speaking on the rising number of markets on federal highways, Onolememen said the ministry, in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), had proposed a measure of enforcement to tackle the issue.
He identified lack of enforcement as main factor responsible for the rights of way abuses in the country.
‘’Only recently, we had the national council on works in Ilorin and one of the key issues we discussed was this right of way abuses on our highways and market on the road is one of the abuses of rights of way in our country.
‘’This is a menace and during the meeting, we tasked the FRSC that have the responsibility for enforcing behaviour on federal roads across the country to enhance road user education and also enhance enforcement.’’

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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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