Connect with us

Maritime

Stakeholder Calls For National Carrier

Published

on

The need for the Federal
Government to re-introduce the Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL) as the national carrier has again been emphasised.
A Port Harcourt-based stakeholder in the maritime industry, Sir Richard Iffi, made the call in an interview with The Tide in his office in Port Harcourt, last Monday.
Iffi said with the Federal Government’s Transformation Agenda in the transport  sector, there is need for the administration to re-inaugurate the shipping line to boost the economy, provide opportunity for employment, and have a say at the international maritime sector as a nation endowed  with the potentials in maritime business.
He noted that the maritime sector and its potentials  would no doubt transform  the economy of Nigeria with this development pointing out that, “The re-introduction of the nation’s shipping line which will generate  huge foreign exchange for the government and substantial employment opportunities for the unemployed cities  is therefore not a misplaced priority in the sector”.
The  maritime stakeholders,  who is the  Managing Director of Iffi  Global Services reiterated that the shipping line when  rehabilitated  would contribute  to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as well as break the monopoly of foreign  vessels that are doing business in the country.
According to him, it would also reduce the cost of importation of goods into the country and attract more businessmen  into the country, as they would now patronise  the nation’s shipping line which is expected  to be cheaper and safer.
Iffi said the re-introduction of NNSL  would increase efficiency  in the maritime sector and will go a long  way in promoting the nation’s international trade and help develop and transform the economy better, so that the transformation agenda by the President in the transport sub-sector would fully attract global recognition.
He, however, called on the National Assembly to urgently pass the port and Harbour bill to facilitate ports operations in line with international best practices, and lauded the Federal Government for all its reform and developmental efforts of the Ports in the country, enjoining them not to relent.

Continue Reading

Maritime

NPA Frowns Against Extortion Of Truck Drivers

Published

on

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has threatened to sanction any staff that indulges in extortion of money from truck drivers at Apapa Port. 
The Acting Managing Director, NPA, Muhammed Bello-Koko, disclosed this shortly after a meeting with Governor Babatunde Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State.
Koko expressed optimism that the agency’s collaboration with the state government would bring an end to the perennial gridlock within and around the Apapa area.
The NPA boss emphasised the need to strengthen enforcement of traffic laws along the roads leading to Apapa and Tin Can ports, which are the two busiest ports in the country. 
He said NPA had been inundated with complaints of extortion from truckers, especially by security operatives, demanding money from drivers before accessing the ports.
 He described the practice as a major disincentive to the smooth implementation of the truck call-up system.
“One of the complaints of the truckers has to do with extortion by security operatives, the Army, the Police, the Nigerian Navy and even NPA security staff.
“This is one of the areas we require the intervention of government, because we have police officers deployed from the State Command who are allegedly involved in this. We at the NPA have resolved to take the right punitive measures against any of our staff involved in this.
“We have moved some of them out of port locations, and we will do further reviews. Whoever is found involved would be appropriately sanctioned”, he said. 
The NPA boss acknowledged that the Lagos State Government had been a close partner in terms of enforcement, but asked for more intervention to end the menace. 
“NPA has reached out to the Federal Ministry of Works, we have been speaking with the Director of Works in the State, and we have asked that they should provide some palliatives around Sunrise Bus-stop.
“We were made to understand that the contract for that section of the road has just been awarded, but because of the rains, work has been delayed”, he added.

Continue Reading

Maritime

MWUN Tasks NIMASA, NIWA On Boat Drivers’ Training

Published

on

The Maritime and Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has called on the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) to train and retrain boat drivers in the country to reduce incessant accidents on our waterways.
MWUN said training and retraining of boat drivers would enhance their capability and efficiency in the industry and save lives.
Chairman, MWUN, Rivers State Chapter, Comrade Jonah Jumbo disclosed this during a telephone interview with The Tide.
Comrade Jumbo also advised NIMASA and NIWA to sanction any boat driver involved in over-speeding, overloading and reckless driving to reduce boat mishaps.
The chairman who regretted that most boat drivers lacked the skills and technical know-how to navigate the waters, said their human errors often caused accidents.
Comrade Jumbo insisted that regular training for boat drivers would enrich their skills and enable them to read the tide while on transit.
He frowned at the increasing rate of boat mishaps on the nation’s waterways and urged all stakeholders to check the trend. 
The MWUN boss called on the Nigerian Navy and the Marine Police to arrest and prosecute any driver indulging in alcohol and overloading of passengers while on transit, adding that the act caused over seventy percent of water accident.
He appealed to drivers to desist from acts capable of causing accident, noting that many families have lost their loved ones through reckless driving and unholy acts caused by human errors on the waterways.

By: Chinedu Wosu

Continue Reading

Maritime

Sokoto To Boost Water Transport With Motorised Boats

Published

on

The Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, says his administration will boost water transportation with motorised boats.
He also said his government would make life jackets available to all travellers and other water users to reduce boat mishap.
The governor stated this while commiserating with the people of Shagari Local Government Area that recently lost their loved ones in a boat mishap in the state. 
He regretted that the state had lost many lives to boat accidents and prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and their families the fortitude to bear their loss.
Also speaking, Chairman, Shagari Local Government Council, Aliyu Dantine Shagari, said eight of the victims were married women while five were children and elderly men.
He attributed the cause of the boat mishap to overloading.
“But there are other causes of boat mishap including strong wind. We are still investigating the matter to know what actually led to the accident”, he said. 
The chairman advised boat drivers to desist from overloading and over speeding, noting that the community lost over six people in a similar accident last year.

Continue Reading

Trending