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Transporter Wants Abandoned Vehicles Removed From Major Roads

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In order to allow for free
flow of traffic on the major roads and streets of Port Harcourt and Rivers State in general, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Rivers State Road Traffic Management Authority (TIMARIV) and other relevant agencies have been called upon to ensure that all abandoned and faulty vehicles on the roads are removed.
An operator of a commercial transport business, Eze Livinus Okpala, made the call in an interview with The Tide correspondent in Port Harcourt yesterday.
Okpala, who is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Leo Transport Services, said prompt towing of such abandoned vehicles off the roads would also reduce road crashes and save lives  and property of the motoring public.
According to him, the relevant agencies should redouble their efforts and justify their objectives by putting in place proactive measures that would create free flow of traffic at all times, adding that traffic gridlocks in recent times had been worrisome and called for urgent attention.
He also expressed dismay over the indiscriminate packing of vehicles on the roads and streets in the state, stressing that it should be condemned in its entirety and offenders brought to book in order to serve as deterrant to others who are in the habit.
The stakeholder said this should be done in a decent and genuine manner without any under-tone to make quick money, and that no one should be treated as a sacred cow.
Okpala opined that the gridlocks and avoidable crashes on the roads could be minimised if the agencies carry out their statutory responsibilities effectively.
He equally appealed to the governments to help fix the dilapidated roads and streets in order to further save lives and property of the motorists.
The transporter commended the efforts of the government in rehabilitating the various roads but still enjoined it to redouble their efforts as it is a major concern of all citizens.

 

Collins Barasimeye

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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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