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Fuel Availability Excites Motorists In PH

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Motorists in Port Harcourt are now expressing excitement over the availability of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol at most filling stations in the state.
A cross section of motorists who barred their minds while speaking with our correspondent in Port Harcourt, over the weekend, said for sometime, the product had been readily available in most filling stations, thereby making their journeys both within and outside the state possible.
They noted that if the situation could be maintained, it would give the motorists a sense of belonging and relief from the panic buying that were experienced  sometimes.
The motorists said the improved situation of fuel at the filling stations had also made them to feel the dividends of democracy, and enjoined the government to ensure that it is being maintained so that the masses could have a sigh of relief whenever they want to buy the products.
They also appealed that anything that could cause scarcity of fuel in the state should be avoided and resolved amicably, and urged the various unions to help government maintain law and order as well as availability of the product at all times.
Mr. Justice Acho said he is no longer afraid whenever his fuel level is low, because he has the confidence that he could drive into any filling station and fill his tank.
“Unlike before when drivers go to filling station and queue for hours, now there is improvement and I want government to sustain it”, Acho noted, and also called for a check on the pump price of some filling stations.
Udofia Sampson also expressed delight over the availability of fuel in the state, but that he could not ascertain if it would be maintained.
According to him, I like it but I want both the government, the unions and other agencies to ensure that fuel is always available and there is always a working relationship and understanding amongst them, so that the people will not suffer about scarcity of fuel in the state.
Madam Edith Amadi was of the view that government and the relevant stakeholders should continue to dialogue on the best way to ensure availability of fuel at all times in the state.
“There has been fuel for now and I want the government and others in the business to maintain that relationship and the filling station owners not to suffer the masses by making the product to be scarce. Let them try and give us fuel at all times to stop panic buying”, she opined.
Comrade Emenike Uzoma said he was happy that the usual scarcity of fuel being experienced sometime is a thing of the past and prayed the authorities to maintain it.
Mr. Bethel Ayiba-Owei, “I think it is a good thing that there is fuel at every filling station now, and I want it to continue, so that drivers will not find it difficult to do their business”.

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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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