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Safety Expert Harps On Traffic Rules

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As schools resumed
from their second term Easter holiday on Monday, parents and guardians have been urged to obey safety tips while taking their children and wards to school.
A safety expert and Managing Director of Alasco Invest and Safety Company, Chief Opuda Alawari made the assertion in an exclusive chat with The Tide in his office on Monday.
Alawari said parents should ensure that they took their children to school and bring them back as well if chanced, and should always obey road traffic rules and regulations as well as observe traffic drill before crossing the road on foot.
He reminded them not to phone, read or send text messages while driving, so as not to distract them or lose concentration, pointing out that some parents are fund of phoning behind the steering.
The safety officer also enjoined children not to play on the motor road, fight or pick items while crossing the road to avoid being knocked down by on-coming vehicles.
According to him, where necessary, they should be guided and assisted by their parents or an adult while crossing the road, stressing that they should not cross the road between parked vehicles at a curve or corner, intersections so that the on-coming driver would sight them from far and avoid risking their lives.
He opined that children should walk on the pavement, where provided, facing on-coming vehicles so that they could see the vehicle coming and avoid any contact, while those between the ages of three and 12 must always sit strapped in the back seat.
Alawari harped that on no account should children cross a road at end of the crest of a hill, between moving vehicles, appealing to the authorities to ensure safety of children at all times.
He also advised drivers to always obey traffic rules and regulations, stop at zebra crossings to allow pedestrians and school children to cross, and enjoined pedestrians (school children) to use other zebra crossing or bridge when crossing the road and always walk on the left hand side of the road for visibility and safety on the road.

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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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