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Transporter Expresses Worry Over Indiscriminate Parking, Illegal Parks

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A Transporter in Rivers
State, Elder Steve Anunobi has expressed worry over the indiscriminate parking of vehicles along major roads and operation of illegal motor parks in the state.
Anunobi, who barred his mind in a chat with The Tide correspondent in  Port Harcourt on Monday said the situation had become a source of worry as they cause traffic gridlock and embarrassment to other road users.
He lamented that the worst of all was that some times, illegal parks and indiscriminate parking’s were aided by members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) after some financial inducement, and called on the Rivers State Government and other relevant authorities to without delay wade into the ugly trend to safe motoring in the state from the activities of the touts.
According to him, government and other authorities should go round the state and demolish such parks and arrest the hoodlums and those behind the establishment.
Anunobi noted that the traffic gridlock could be averted if those illegal parks and indiscriminate parking on the road were well checked or given a place, as they are causing a great challenge in the city of Port Harcourt and its environs.
He also condemned the activities of some hoodlums who operate in the name of taskforces that impounds vehicles to obscure destination and extort huge sums of money from the Innocent driver, thereby making life unbearable for mostly commercial drivers, saying that they should also be checked.
Annuobi, who plys from Boro Park to Rumuola however hinted that the touts had become public nuisance and called for government intervention.
It would be recalled that the 13Th NOA round table conference with stakeholders on Transport held in Port Harcourt called for a realistic and effective traffic management in Port Harcourt and its environs, and it condemned proliferation of traffic taskforces which had given rise to intimidation and extortion of money from motorists by touts and illegal taskforce.         Unauthorised parking by motorists, especially at road intersections, impersonation of TIMARIV, Loading of inter-state commuter vehicles on the roadsides and poor road network among others are issues government and the authorities should address in the state.

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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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