Eleven persons were seriously injured when a truck, loaded with drinks, ran into a broken down bus carrying passengers at Kugbo, near Nyanya, last Friday, witnesses said.
Some eyewitnesses told newsmen, at the scene of the accident that they were among the sympathisers who joined in the rescue efforts to free the trapped passengers when the truck with registration No. XL 664-MUS ran into the bus.
Malam Nura Yusuf, a ram seller, said: “The coca cola truck just descended down the slope on top speed and ran into the people by the road side.’’
“We were just lucky to escape the crash,” he said.
Alhaji Emah Abdukareem, another trader, said, “we are very lucky that nobody died.’’
Mr Iloba Patrick, the Presidential Team Squad of VIO, who led his team’s rescue operation, told newsmen that seven vehicles, including two commercial buses were damaged, while six motor-cycles were also crushed beyond repairs in the accident.
Patrick said that the accident occurred when sympathisers, mainly commercial motorcyclists, were assisting to evacuate passengers from a broken down commercial bus, which fell by its side.
“Suddenly, a coca cola truck lost control and hit the commercial bus with the people trying to rescue the passengers in the bus.
“My men swiftly arrived the scene of the accident immediately we received the distress call about the accident to carry out the rescue operations.
“Eleven injured persons have been evacuated in two V10 ambulances to the hospital for prompt medical attention.
“As at the time of the evacuation, nobody died and we are hoping and praying that there would be no casualty even in the hospital, ‘’ Patrick said.
Mr Sunday Ajai, the FCT Sector Head of Operation of the FRSC, who also led his rescue team to the scene, said that it was wrong for people to “just put any vehicle on the road, not minding its condition.’’
“This portion of the road is sloppy and there is need for motorists to be extra careful whenever they get to this spot.
“It is possible that break failure is the cause of this accident because of lack of maintenance by the operators of the affected vehicles,’’ he said.
A senior Police officer, who led the Police rescue team to the scene and who preferred anonymity, refused to comment on the incident, saying: “I cannot give any comment, please wait for our boss to come.’’
Immigration Steps Up Anti-Touting Vigilance
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
Union Urges NIMASA, RSG To Dredge PH/Bonny Jetty
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
Boat Mishaps: Ship Owner Blames Absence Of Safety Regulations
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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