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Nigeria Records Low Piracy Attacks In 2019’

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The International Maritime Bureau (IMB),  the foremost global maritime bureau, says Nigeria,  records in sea piracy has dropped in reported piracy incidents at sea in the first quarter of 2019.

The bureau in a statement made available to The Tide said, Nigeria has been a hotspot for piracy incidents over the past decade but quickly added that the West African country reported 14 incidents of piracy for the first quarter of this year compared to 22 incidents reported in the first quarter of 2018.

The  IMB report attributed the decline to Nigerian Navy’s increased efforts to “actively respond to reported incidents by dispatching patrol boats. to track the pirate activities in the sub region.

The Bureau, however, insisted that the, Nigerian waters remain risky for vessels, especially the port of Lagos where four incidents of piracy were  reported, in recent times.

The IMB disclosed that global piracy and armed robbery incidents decreased by 42.4 percent during the period with 38 incidents recorded as against 66 incidents recorded in the corresponding period, last year.

The report indicated that 27 vessels were boarded, seven vessels were fired upon and four attempted attacks occurred in the first quarter of 2019.

The report also shows that no vessels were reported as hijacked for the first time since the first quarter of 1994.

Speaking on the report, IMB Director, Pottengal Mukundan said, “These latest statistics from the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre are encouraging, as the first quarter statistics is too short a period on which to anticipate trends over the year

Mukundan said the Gulf of Guinea recorded a high number of piracy and armed robbery attacks at sea, with 22 incidents reported in the first quarter of 2019.

According to the director,  Asia, Indonesia witnessed a drop in piracy activities for the first quarter of 2019, as there were only three incidents reported against anchored vessels in ports in Indonesia – the fewest reported incidents since 2010

The Director said Nigeria recorded the feat, following increased cooperation and information sharing between the Indonesian Marine Police and IMB Piracy Reporting Centre has enabled regular patrols in high-risk areas.

The golbal report insisted that the declining rate of piracy incidents worldwide in the first quarter of 2019 reinforces the importance of transparency, communication and coordination between vessels and coastal authorities.

The IMB director said, “by reporting all incidents to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre and coastal authorities, the response can be better organize.. National governments and coastal authorities can use this data to collaborate and strengthen their piracy prevention efforts,”

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NPA Frowns Against Extortion Of Truck Drivers

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The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has threatened to sanction any staff that indulges in extortion of money from truck drivers at Apapa Port. 
The Acting Managing Director, NPA, Muhammed Bello-Koko, disclosed this shortly after a meeting with Governor Babatunde Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State.
Koko expressed optimism that the agency’s collaboration with the state government would bring an end to the perennial gridlock within and around the Apapa area.
The NPA boss emphasised the need to strengthen enforcement of traffic laws along the roads leading to Apapa and Tin Can ports, which are the two busiest ports in the country. 
He said NPA had been inundated with complaints of extortion from truckers, especially by security operatives, demanding money from drivers before accessing the ports.
 He described the practice as a major disincentive to the smooth implementation of the truck call-up system.
“One of the complaints of the truckers has to do with extortion by security operatives, the Army, the Police, the Nigerian Navy and even NPA security staff.
“This is one of the areas we require the intervention of government, because we have police officers deployed from the State Command who are allegedly involved in this. We at the NPA have resolved to take the right punitive measures against any of our staff involved in this.
“We have moved some of them out of port locations, and we will do further reviews. Whoever is found involved would be appropriately sanctioned”, he said. 
The NPA boss acknowledged that the Lagos State Government had been a close partner in terms of enforcement, but asked for more intervention to end the menace. 
“NPA has reached out to the Federal Ministry of Works, we have been speaking with the Director of Works in the State, and we have asked that they should provide some palliatives around Sunrise Bus-stop.
“We were made to understand that the contract for that section of the road has just been awarded, but because of the rains, work has been delayed”, he added.

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MWUN Tasks NIMASA, NIWA On Boat Drivers’ Training

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The Maritime and Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has called on the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) to train and retrain boat drivers in the country to reduce incessant accidents on our waterways.
MWUN said training and retraining of boat drivers would enhance their capability and efficiency in the industry and save lives.
Chairman, MWUN, Rivers State Chapter, Comrade Jonah Jumbo disclosed this during a telephone interview with The Tide.
Comrade Jumbo also advised NIMASA and NIWA to sanction any boat driver involved in over-speeding, overloading and reckless driving to reduce boat mishaps.
The chairman who regretted that most boat drivers lacked the skills and technical know-how to navigate the waters, said their human errors often caused accidents.
Comrade Jumbo insisted that regular training for boat drivers would enrich their skills and enable them to read the tide while on transit.
He frowned at the increasing rate of boat mishaps on the nation’s waterways and urged all stakeholders to check the trend. 
The MWUN boss called on the Nigerian Navy and the Marine Police to arrest and prosecute any driver indulging in alcohol and overloading of passengers while on transit, adding that the act caused over seventy percent of water accident.
He appealed to drivers to desist from acts capable of causing accident, noting that many families have lost their loved ones through reckless driving and unholy acts caused by human errors on the waterways.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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Sokoto To Boost Water Transport With Motorised Boats

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The Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, says his administration will boost water transportation with motorised boats.
He also said his government would make life jackets available to all travellers and other water users to reduce boat mishap.
The governor stated this while commiserating with the people of Shagari Local Government Area that recently lost their loved ones in a boat mishap in the state. 
He regretted that the state had lost many lives to boat accidents and prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and their families the fortitude to bear their loss.
Also speaking, Chairman, Shagari Local Government Council, Aliyu Dantine Shagari, said eight of the victims were married women while five were children and elderly men.
He attributed the cause of the boat mishap to overloading.
“But there are other causes of boat mishap including strong wind. We are still investigating the matter to know what actually led to the accident”, he said. 
The chairman advised boat drivers to desist from overloading and over speeding, noting that the community lost over six people in a similar accident last year.

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