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Motorists Hail Rivers Road Maintenance Agency

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Traffic at Ojota following a down pour in Lagos, recently.

Traffic at Ojota following a down pour in Lagos, recently.

Some motorists have
commended the Rivers State Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Agency for the execution of its zero pot hole assignment in Port Harcourt and its environs.
The motorists who made the commendation in an interview with The Tide correspondent in Port Harcourt said they were impressed so far with the agency for ensuring free flow of traffic and loss of man-hour.
They described the present administration as “road-users-friendly government”, especially the motorists, stressing that with the on-going road rehabilitation and maintenance they no longer make daily visits to mechanic workshops to service their vehicles.
According to them, rehabilitation of their roads had rekindled their hope in Governor Nyesom Wike’s government, and enjoined him not to rest on his oars.
They maintained that the disappearance of pot-holes in Port Harcourt and its environs is truly a new vision for the state, stressing that the state had bounced back to its Garden City status.
Mr Titus Orubipi, who expressed delight with the state road maintenance and rehabilitation agency said especially Diobu and its suburbs have witnessed great changes and free flow of traffic, commended the Governor Nyesom Wike, for the vision, which he further said is impacting positively on the people in the state.
Another motorists, Caroline Nwankwo-Obi also noted with joy the good road networks in the state and opined that with the development, traffic gridlocks are reduced to the bearest minimum.
Nwankwo-Obi lauded Governor Wike for his developmental efforts, especially his zero pot-hole agenda through the road maintenance and rehabilitation agency and enjoined them not to relent.
In his own reaction, Comrade Johnson Asawo, said he is well impressed with the road rehabilitation work in the state and commended the chairman of the agency, Chief Okey Okah, for carrying out a thorough job.
He also lauded the Governor, for his infrastructural development that had given the state a face-lift, stressing that, “the state is fast becoming an investors haven”.
Also, Mr Enefiok Akpan said he is now experiencing a new Rivers State with various road networks and rehabilitation, saying that the projects would boost economic activities in the state, and enjoined the authorities to also remember the street lights in order to ensure safety on the roads at night.
It would be recalled that the Chairman of the state Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Agency, Chief Okey Okay, recently disclosed that the agency had so far rehabilitated 13 major roads cutting across the state.

 

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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