FG Orders N1.1bn Roads In Delta
Road contracts valued at N1.1billion have been awarded for execution in four communities in the North Senatorial District of Delta, according to Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa.
The senator, who is representing the district at the National Assembly, said on Saturday in Asaba that the benefitting communities are Ibrede, Boji Boji Owa, Alihiagu and Ute-Okpu.
Okowa, while speaking at an empowerment programme he organised for people in his constituency, said work on the projects would soon commence.
“The Federal Executive Council has also approved the contract for the construction of roads and drainages in Umuda Layout in Asaba, to be awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC),’’ he said.
The senator said government had also started releasing funds for the Ugiliama-Ogume Road and Utor Bridge on the Asaba-Ebu-Uromi road projects.
The Tide eports that the immediate past administration at the federal level had begun the projects.
Okowa, however, disclosed that re-mobilisaton to the bridge site was being delayed by the contractor’s demands for “a review of rates or contract pricing’’.
He said further that he and members of the House of Representatives representing constituencies in the district had engaged in partnerships in order to attract projects to the area.
“We have continued to co-operate as brothers in the things that concern our senatorial district and state,’’ the senator said, adding “in unity, we can achieve more for our people”.
Speaking at the occasion, Delta’s Gov, Emmanuel Uduaghan said it was necessary for the state government to have details of the projects to ensure there was no duplication of efforts.
“This will help to ensure there is no duplication in what the state and federal governments are doing in this area.
“The resources are quite limited. So, we must know who is doing what, so as to enable us channel the resources properly, rather than spend them on duplicated projects,’’ he said.
Uduaghan commended Okowa for the bills he had sponsored at the Senate, saying he had demonstrated that he was worth the election he won to the National Assembly’s upper chamber.
“It is not easy to sponsor bills. It requires knowledge and boldness to sponsor bills and our Senator has been demonstrating these two basic attributes of a good legislator,” he said.
The governor commended the senator’s empowerment programme and his ability to attract development programmes and projects to his district.
Our correspondent reports that more than 400 people in the senatorial district received vehicles and starter-packs for self-sustaining businesses.
Other materials received included tricycles and a cash of N7.25 million to indent students in secondary and tertiary institutions.
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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