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FRSC Blames Abuja Crashes On Drunk-Driving

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The Federal Road
Safety Commission (FRSC) said last Thursday in Abuja that drunk-driving accounted for most of the accidents recorded in the FCT.
The FRSC Sector Commander, FCT, Mrs Suzan Ajenge, disclosed this at a safety rally organised by the Nigerian Road Safety Partnership (NRSP) for the Business Community at Area 2 Shopping Complex.
Represented by Mrs Ngozi Imoroa, the Public Education Officer, FCT Command, Ajenge said the commission was committed to creating awareness for all road users on safety consciousness.
“In the FCT, it has been observed that most crashes recorded are alcohol-induced as many people are fond of taking alcohol before driving which impairs their sense of judgment while driving.
“Such drivers only get home by a stroke of luck.
“Also, the use of cell phone while driving, excessive speeding as a result of the good road network in the territory, and dangerous overtaking are all observed as major causes of road traffic crashed in the FCT,’’ she said.
Ajenge advised drivers to regularly carry out proper checks on their tyres, and cautioned against the use of second-hand tyres, otherwise known as ‘Tokunbo’.
According to her, “life is worth more than the cost of new tyres’’.
She urged drivers to always make sure that the brakes and other components of their vehicles are in good shape, as well as observe the required speed limits.
“Observe your speed limit and ensure that you are within the safe maximum speed limit of 100km per hour for cars and 80km per hour for buses.
“Your cell phone should not be a distraction when you are driving; avoid using it.
“If you cannot stop to answer a call, ignore it and if you are sure you will have a problem ignoring a call, switch your cell phone off before you handle the steering,’’ she said.
The Project Manager, NRSP, Alhaji Babagana Ibrahim, said his group offered support to the government to help in reducing road traffic accidents.
He listed some of the NRSP partners as Shell, NNPC, Mobil, Total, Abuja Municipal Area Council, the Police, hospitals, schools, traders associations, among others.
Ibrahim said the NRSP had identified some busy locations in some states for development of its interventionist programmes.
“NRSP was formed three years ago to educate communities to be effectively involved in making our roads safe,’’ he said
Mr Fortune Onovo, the Chairman, Area 2 Shopping Centre’s Welfare Association, said the enlightenment had made a big impact on the traders.
Onovo said the intervention project of the NRSP included proper marking of the busy Moshood Abiola Way where the Shopping Centre is located.
“They repainted the Zebra crossing and the road signs which helped in maintaining free and orderly flow of traffic,’’ he said.
He said his members had been properly sensitised to the need for traders to obey traffic rules.

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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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