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Agency Has Sanitised Benin Roads-Official

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The Head of Operations ,
Edo State Traffic Management Agency (ESTMA), Mr Amadin Owas, said in Benin on Monday that the agency had sanitised traffic on roads in the state, especially in Benin.
Owas who made the remark in an interview with newsmen last Monday in Benin said it is false and baseless, allegations that the  Agency was established as a government tool for revenue generation, instead of traffic control.
Owas said that since its establishment, the Agency had been complementing the efforts of other government traffic agencies in ensuring that sanity prevailed on roads in the state capital.
“Edo people will agree that Benin roads, especially during rush hours, either in the mornings or in the evenings, are always chaotic.
“But, they can also now attest to the fact that ESTMA has brought a lot of sanity to our roads.
Owas also denied allegations that the agency was more concerned with apprehending unsuspecting motorists and getting them to pay fines.
“People are not quick to respond to change.
“Those making the allegations are those who are not ready to come out of their old ways of doing things.
“They will, for example, complain when accosted for parking in a prohibited area.
“Rather than strive to do the right thing, they see ESTMA officials as enemies, generating revenue for government,’’ he said.
Owas, however, admitted that there were ‘bad eggs’’ among the Agency’s officials, saying that “the ESTMA management at a time sacked 54 of its staff, for various offences.
“In all, we have dismissed about 90 of our staff for offences ranging from extortion, dereliction of duty, insubordination and impersonation.
“We are using this medium to warn motorists to look out for impostors and to be mindful of persons, especially those not on uniform, who pose as ESTMA officials.
“As I speak with you, one of the apprehended suspects has been remanded in custody by a Benin Magistrate’s Court for allegedly personating as an ESTMA official.
“ There is a standing order that all ESTMA officials must at all times, while on duty, wear their uniforms and must be civil in their conduct and language, while dealing with suspected traffic offenders.
“We have a monitoring and disciplinary unit that ensures that complaints are dealt with on their merit,’’ Owas added.

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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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