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Certification: ‘NPA Compromise On Standards’

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Fresh facts have revealed
that some trucks certified by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) are not road worthy even as investigations have shown that such trucks that have paid the N10000, electronic sticker levy are doing business at the seaports in Lagos.
The Tide gathered that some trucks with the NPA stickers sighted at the entry gate of the Apapa and Tin Can Island ports respectively do not meet the required standard.
Some of the trucks that are being certified by NPA on the minimum standards requirement did not have good headlamps, corrosive bed also known as track, good tyres among others.
However, truck owners have lamented on the partiality on the part of NPA on the nature of trucks doing business at the ports saying that the authority is only concerned about collecting the said N10,000 from truck owners.
Speaking with The  Tide correspondent, Vice Chairman, Wet Cargo Section, Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Alhaji Inuwa Abdullahi lamented that since NPA decide to collect money on standards,under the guise of electronic stickers, there are bound  to be compromise on the long run.
Inuwa maintained that the essence of NPA enforcement on standards have been defeated, adding that many of the trucks are not even road worthy, yet they are certified by NPA.
He alleged further that in all of the trucks certified by NPA, a large number are not road worthy, noting that the authority cannot compel truck owners to pay N10000 when standards have been compromised already.
According to him, the level of road accident will still continue in the state except the NPA comes out genuinely to put in place structures to ameliorate road worthiness of vehicle doing business at the ports.
He however stressed that NPA has failed in the implementation in upping standards of trucks doing business at Lagos seaports.
Also reacting on the nature of some truck certified  by NPA,National Coordinator, Save Nigerian Freight Forwarders Importers, Exporters Coalition, Sir Patrick Osita Chukwu, said that the monetary attachment by NPA  over requirement standards of trucks poses a major setback to haulage operations in the sector noting that the money is still not acceptable by the operators.
He added that the NPA has no right to regulate trucks doing business at sea ports in Lagos state saying that there are agencies under the minister of transport that are responsible for such roles.
Osita added that some of  the trucks did not meet the requirement set aside, yet they  are qualified to do business in the ports.

 

Nkpemenyie Mcdominic

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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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