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JUSUN’s Strike Paralyses Business Activities In Lagos Courts

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The Judiciary Staff Union
of Nigeria (JUSUN)’s strike has crippled businesses around Lagos courts’ premises,  The Tide  source reports.
The Tide  report that some food sellers and photocopying machine’s vendors, who operate around the court, have lamented at the development.
Miss Bolanle Jolasun, a photocopy machine operator at Igbosere area of Lagos, told reporters that the ongoing JUSUN’s strike had affected her business.
“I just come out here to avoid being idle at home. If the court is in session, I will be very busy to the extent that I will find it difficult to eat food.
“I am appealing to the judiciary workers to call off the strike, this is where I make money to solve my needs,’’ Jolasun said.
Alhaja Raliat, who sells snacks and drinks in front of Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, said she would be happy if the strike was called off because the patronage she was enjoying had dropped drastically.
“You can see how dry this place is now. It used to be too busy.
“I just bring few snacks to sell because there is nobody to buy the drinks and snacks if I should bring plenty.
“I am appealing to those in charge to call off this strike, so that hunger will not kill my children,’’ Raliat said.
Mr Umaru Yusuf, a shoe shiner in front of the court, said that the strike was biting so hard into his business.
“I use to shine not less than 30 shoes per day when the courts are in session but now I can’t boast of shining up to 10 shoes from passersby,’’ Yusuf said.
Mrs Damilola Ishaka, A food seller at Igbosere, noted the ongoing strike had reduced the number of customers who patronise her business daily.
“I am not comfortable with the strike and I don’t want the strike to continue. This is the beginning of the year, we shouldn’t start the year with strike,’’ Ishaka said.
Our correspondent who spoke to some prosecutors around the premises, said they came to secure their case files.
NAN reports that the strike commenced on Monday, Jan.5.
The workers went on strike to compel government to implement a Federal High Court judgment which affirmed financial autonomy of the judiciary.

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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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