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RTC Celebrates Silver Jubilee

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The Rivers Transport
Company (RTC) limited, Port Harcourt recently celebrated its 25th anniversary in grand style and presented awards to outstanding staff and agents for their contributions to the success story of the company.
Speaking at the epoch making ceremony held at the company’s Water-Lines Complex, Olu Obasanjo road, Port Harcourt, the Acting General Manager of the company, Chief Peter Borlo highlighted the activities of the company which include to cater for the transportation needs of the people, visitors, residents, or commuters within and outside the state, to improve transport delivery in Port Harcourt metropolis and other urban centres in the state as well as operate a reliable mass transit system to enhance road transport service delivery among others.
Borlo also hinted that the company renders intra-city, intra-state, inter-state transportations, vehicle leasing hiring services, mail, parcels goods, cash in transit courier service, franchise operation, logistics and transport consultancy services among others, adding that it was meant to serve as the principal urban mass transit organisation of the government.
He noted that his administration is the first “organic management” of the company to acquire buses with internally generated revenue, modify the franchise system to breed the special franchise, partnership as well as RTC courier franchise scheme, adding that he had improved workers welfare, expand the terminal base, introduced productivity target scheme, documentation of legal frameworks for the franchise system and agency scheme and also built courier international offices at the base terminal.
The Acting General Manager listed that the company engaged Rivers indigenes in keeping with the dreams of the founding fathers, contributed to the government’s internally generated revenue, being the longest self-sustained government transport company in the South-South with largest branch network in Nigeria and an empowerment and investment haven for all categories of persons or groups.
According to him, with available fund in the near future, the company aspires to built a 3-star guest houses in Port Harcourt, Lagos and Abuja, introduce Airport shuttle services, be the leading intra and intercity mass transit operator in Nigeria and acquire organic vehicles of at least 80 percent of the total fleet size of the company among others.
Borlo however said to achieve these goals, government should mediate on the double taxation through granting of tax waivers, approve to access financial lease to acquire more vehicles to reduce dependence on franchise for revenue, intervene in the threats to their operators and return the waterline house complex to the company.

 

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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