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Drivers Lament Robbery Attacks On PH-Calabar Route

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Drivers plying Port Harcourt-Calabar route, along the East/West Road have cried out for help over incessant armed robbery attack by men of the underworld along the highway.
A private motor park manager, Obi Park, Mr Chijioke Peter, who spoke to our correspondent noted that Emohua-Elele Alimini axis of the East/West Road was becoming terrifying to drivers and commuters, due to high rate of robbery and kidnapping thereby putting the lives of the road users in danger.
He called on government to beef up security along the route, as well as rehabilitate the bad spots of the road which the robbers use as flashpoint for operation.
Peter also frowned at the rate of Police extortion from the drivers on the highway, even when drivers present the necessary motor particulars.
Also descrying the rate of attacks on the road, a bus driver with Transport Favour, a transport company at the Waterlines, Mr Edet Etim William, said that drivers and passengers’ lives were in danger as the robbers operate without pity or fear of law enforcement agents.
The driver who piles Port Harcourt – Calabar route noted that armed robbers operated in-between two police checkpoints between the banana plantation at Sogho town in Tai Local Government Area and Opuoko town, in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State.
He accused the police of duty neglect, saying the policemen at the checkpoints were more interested in collecting N100 toll each from drivers than securing and saving the lives of road users.
He, however commended Akwa Ibom State Government for putting security apparatus in place along Etim Ekpo – Abak route, saying that the company has now resorted to only daytime operation due to incessant robbery attack.

 

Kinika Mpi

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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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