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Reactions Trail Street Lights, Bus Stands Rehabilitation In PH

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The rehabilitation of
the street lights and passenger waiting sheds at bus stops in Port Harcourt and its environs has started eliciting reactions from the public.
Some residents of Port Harcourt who bared their minds in an interview with our correspondent said the rehabilitation was long overdue, but commended the present administration of Governor Nyesom Wike for the exercise.
According to them, the rehabilitation would further give the state, especially Port Harcourt and its environs  a face-lift, but also called for the rehabilitation of the traffic lights to help the motoring public at night and add colour to the beauty of the roads.
A civil servant, Mr Johnson Ekup said, “To be frank,  the present government of Nyesom Wike is trying as they are also embarking on giving the bus stops and abandoned street lights a face-lift”.
Ekup said it is a job well done and cautioned that the state government should monitor them so that hoodlums and insane persons do not vandalise or take them over as residential homes.
Another civil servant, Alapuwari Odum also lauded the effort of government and called on the public to judiciously protect them from being damaged.
He also advised passengers to utilise the waiting sheds being provided by government rather than entering commercial vehicles at random places.
Blessing Onyeye, in her reaction noted that the rehabilitation is a good gesture, but expressed doubt if they would not be taken over by hoodlums to extort money from innocent commercial drivers.
In his reaction, Campbell Iwori also commended the governor for his visionary style of governance by providing facilities that would give the citizens a sense of belonging and the creation of dividends of democracy, urging the government not to relent in its developmental strides.
Also reacting, a one-time student leader, Comrade Saki Georgewill described the rehabilitation of the street lights and bus shedes as a welcome development and appealed to government to also extend it to all streets and major roads in 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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