Mixed Reactions Trail Waste Basket Enforcement In Abuja
The move by the Abuja
Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) to enforce the use of waste bins in commercial vehicles is generating mixed reactions from drivers.
In separate interviews with our correspondent recently in Abuja, observed that some passengers littered the vehicle with waste materials instead of throwing such wastes into the baskets.
Mr Ambrose Nnodim, a FAB-REM Mass Transit driver, said the refusal of some passengers to use the waste baskets often caused misunderstanding between his conductor and passengers.
“The company provided two waste bins for the bus, one in the front and one at the back; but passengers prefer to dump waste inside the bus or throw them out from the windows.
“My conductor quarrels with passengers everyday, because he is the one that normally sweeps the refuse when they get down from the bus,’’ he said.
Mr Jacob Akanbi, also a driver with the company complained that passengers’ attitude towards the use of waste bins required proper sensitisation by the AEPB.
“We want government to put proper mechanism in place or to sanction the people involved, to reduce this menace before it gets out of hand.’’
According to Sule Abudullai, a conductor with Abuja Urban Mass Transit, passengers had fought him several times while trying to correct them on the proper disposal of refuse.
“Pouring waste in the bus can cause a lot of damages; if somebody steps on banana peels, it can make someone fall and sustain injury,’’ he said.
Mr Jibola Akintola, a taxi driver, said that the AEPB task force had been after them to purchase a waste basket for their vehicles, adding that there was no space for it.
Mr Lawrence Fadipe, the Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers, Jabi Park Town Services, expressed dissatisfaction over the manner the AEPB harassed taxi drivers over the use of the waste bins.
He said though AEPB was trying to enforce the regulation to promote sanity, they should consider the lack of space to fix them.
“Many times the AEPB task force harasses the taxi drivers on this particular issue, compelling them to pay a fine between N3,000 to N5,000 when caught.”
Fadipe urged the authority in charge to focus on the high capacity buses which has enough space than taxis that did not have space to hang the waste bin.
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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