Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu, says the company is committed to assisting the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to prevent and curb road accidents in the entire Niger Delta region.
Mr Sunmonu stated this in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State during the official handing over of safety equipment worth millions of naira to the authorities of the FRSC, in the state saying that the provision of the equipment is in continuation of support for the improvement of regulatory road safety management in the state.
Represented by Evans Krukrubo, SPDC Manager, Government Community Relations, Sunmonu said safety is an integral party of SPDC operations in Nigeria, as safety is a way of life and work as it enhances culture of safety within our operations
To this end, he said, the company had provided capacity building workshop for senior officials from traffic management and road safety agencies including FRSC, Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps and Rivers State Traffic Management Authority
“At SPDC we remain committed to working with the state government and FRSC in making a difference to road safety condition in Bayelsa State”, he stated.
The SPDC boss lamented that road crashes remain the leading cause of death by injury with the highest total morality rate coming from our African region.
SPDC, he said, would continue to partner with FRSC in the state, noting that the company had previously supported Rivers State with hand held equipment such as speed guns, traffic cones, breathalyzers and batons.
He declared that “Improving road safety is indeed a share responsibility and called on other multiple sector alliance to support a change in the practices,” stressing that the company’s contribution would enable the enforcement work effectively and perform their roles as well as provide positive impacts on our roads
Receving the equipment, Bayelsa State Sector Commander of FRSC, Vincent Morgan-Jack commended SPDC for being in the forefront of promoting standards on roads safety, saying that the Command has enjoyed tremendous working relationship over the years with Shell in keeping safety standards. He noted that business of safety is for all sundry and not only SPDC.
He, however, said FRSC is faced with the problems of lack of truck vehicles to tow broken down vehicles in the East/West road and called on the management of SPDC and other companies to assist take the challenges.
He, therefore, appealed for the provision of two truck vehicles to tow broken down cars in the busy East/West road and ambulances to ease our operations and reduce casualties.
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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