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Total Launches Lubricant For Motorcycles, Tricycles

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Multinational oil marketer, Total Nigeria Plc, has introduced a new lubricant, special 4T 2050W, exclusively for motorcycles and three wheelers, popularly called Okada and Keke-NAPEP respectively.

Managing Director of the Company, Mr Franccoise Boussagol,  stated this at the inauguration of the new product in Lagos, that Total was obliged to introduce the lubricant to cater for the interest of operators of motorbikes and three wheelers, which he noted as belonging to an important segment of their customers.

He stressed the need to use quality and suitable lubricant for the engine of a motorbike or three wheeler to avert internal friction and enable it serve out its life span.

Boussagol said that Total Special 4T was a specially formulated engine oil for four stroke motorcycles of all cubic capacities and adapted to gear boxes and wet clutches lubrication.

According to him, it is called multi-grade oil because the lubricant is suitable for all weather conditions.

“It has a longer drain interval, thereby saving you money and making the engine last longer because it gives better protection for engine parts against wear and corrosion,” he said.

Total Marketing Director Mr Jerry Ikhine said the company was the fist to produce the unique lubricant, adding that it was a product of thorough research.

He also said that the inauguration would be complemented with nationwide road shows and events in many cities where several branded gift items would be distributed to Okada and Keke NAPEP operators among other people.

“For us in Total customers’ satisfaction is very paramount and we would continually strive to meet the needs of our customers through listening, research and close marked changes in technology to be able to give you value for your patronage,” he said.

Total lubricant Manager, Mr Jonathan Sanyanocu, explained that lubricants performed two major functions-reducing internal friction and clearing the engine. He specifically said, “lubricants are formulated to reduce internal friction of engine parts, thereby resulting in clear fuel saving.

The internal combustion process in engines produces energy to power the engines, carbon deposits, CO,CO2  nitrate and soot. These deposits and contaminants  are cleaned by the oil through a property called detergency. The deposits are suspended in solution so as not to clog clearances, pumps and the sump.”

He gave the benefits of the product to include high resistance to oxidation and blended with anti-rust and anti-foaming properties.

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Immigration Steps Up Anti-Touting Vigilance

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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Passports Command, Ikoyi, has increased its surveillance  on touting in a bid to check extortion within its jurisdiction.
Speaking in an exclusive chat with The Tide in Lagos, last Friday, the Immigration Comptroller, Passports Office, Ikoyi, Lagos, Deputy Comptroller Liman A.I , said the negative impact of touting on the nation’s economy would not be allowed to continue under his watch.
He said ,”we are applying persuasion, dialogue and seeking the support of all well meaning stakeholders in this area to spread the anti-touting message and dissuade people from unlawful acts. However, we could apply coercive power as the need arises.
“With the selfless leadership shown by the Comptroller General, Alhaji Mohammed Babandede, we at the PCO, Ikoyi, Lagos, have decided to re-dedicate ourselves to duty and complement the efforts of the CGIS. 
“We are prepared more than ever to wage the anti-miscreants war relentlessly.
Liman assured the general public of friendly environment for legitimate transaction in an effort to strengthen the national economy, warning deviants to shun touting and other related vices.
According to him, “the command has keyed into the various strategies including the use of ICT in gathering of intelligence, among others.
“The service believes that the fight against miscreants within its corridor cannot be undertaken by the service alone, hence our call on Nigerians to partner with us in ensuring that the passport seekers do not patronise touts to defraud them. Our resolve is unshaken and our commitment is total”. 
On her part, the Public Relations Officer of the command, a Deputy Superintendent of Immigration (DSI), Mrs Adetoun Shiyindemi, commended the Deputy Comptroller Liman, for his selfless service, pointing out that he has really given the officers and men of the command a sense of belonging. 
“Since the Comptroller came in, it has been a servant-leader relationship here at Ikoyi PCO and we are all motivated to put in our best with what the CGIS has given us, you will see a new immigration service”, she assured. 

By: NkpemenyieMcdominic, Lagos

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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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