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TIMARIV Condemns Destruction Of Zone Three Office Property

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The Rivers State Road
Traffic Management Authority (TIMARIV) has condemned the recent destruction of the agency’s property and carting away of other valuables worth over N500,000 from their zone three office along  Ada George Road in Port Harcourt.
The Chief Press Officer of the Agency, Mr Nimi Brown-West made the condemnation in a statement made available to our correspondent in Port Harcourt yesterday.
Brown-West said the incident occurred during the fracas  between supporters of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at Obio/Akpor Local Government Area when their men impounded a Jeep belonging to one Chief Owhonda of the PDP over obstruction of  free flow of traffic.
He  stated that the car in question was impounded by his men earlier in the day before the fracas, but was surprised when Chief Owhonda came to their office with some of his party faithful to forcefully collect the vehicle.
According to him, the angry looking party faithful, numbering over 150 came to their office, beat up the officers and men on duty, broke the glasses of two of their official vehicles and a tow truck as well as made away with two computers and phones.
The TIMARIV spokesman said that tenants in the premises were also beaten up and a sum of N150,000 was allegedly stolen from them during the exercise.
“We lost property worth over N500,000 please, we are pleading with the general public that TIMARIV is not a political party or group. We are only a road traffic management authority, which is set up to ensure that our roads are free and safe for movement, accident free. So people should not put their grievances on us. We are there to serve the public and not to fight the public”, he further stated.
“We therefore plead with the government and the relevant authorities to please come to our aid so that Chief Owhonda and his team will replace the things they  destroyed and carted away”, Brown-West posited, adding that if this action was taken, it would serve as deterant to others
The Tide gathered that TIMARIV had already petitioned to security agents over the incident and for justice to take its course.

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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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