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Passengers Hail Okrika Speed Boat Owners Over New Building

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sociation of Okrika in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State have been given a pat  on the back for building an edifice for the comfort, relaxation and security of passengers and their luggage.
A cross section of passengers who spoke with The Tide at the Marine Base Jetty in Port Harcourt on Wednesday said the project is commendable as passengers would have time to rest before or after boarding a boat to or from Port Harcourt.
According to them, as people who travel by water need such a place especially when they are pressed or need a place to rearrange their luggage and enjoined the association to ensure that the edifice was maintained always to achieve its objective.
They, however, called for more prudent management of resources inorder to carry out more developmental and welfare projects.
A University Lecturer and former National President of Ijaw National Congress (INC), Dr Atuboyedia Obianime  said the project is a positive development and urged them to use it to generate money for more infrastructure because overseas, such halls generate revenue for organisations, and urged others to emulate.
In his reaction, Prince Gabriel Ada said, “The project is okay especially during rainy season as passengers can go in for shelter while in dry season, people can go in there and relax either from a ceremony or going for a function. It will help shade passengers and my advise for the association is to ensure constant maintenance as well as provide block seats for relaxation outside the Hall for tourist attraction.
Also, a female passenger and business woman, Mrs Ibiamina Oweifiye also has this to say. “It is a nice project that will help the masses during occasions like burials, weddings and other ceremonies. Let them maintain it to create employment, generate revenue and give the passengers a sense of belonging while giving the community a facelift.
Mr Belema Iyaye said it is surprising that speedboat Owners Association of Okrika could put –up a magnificent building and enjoined them to continue in their prudent and resourceful management for more developmental infrastructures for the welfare and security of their passengers.
It would be recalled that a speed boat house built by the Okrika Speed Boat Owners Association at the ATC  water front, Okrika was recently commissioned for public use.

 

Collins Barasimeye

From Left: Mr Vincent Udoye, Head of Maritime Safety and Seafarers Standard  Department, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency  (Nimasa); Capt. Bala  Agaba, representative of  Nimasa Director-General and Mr Warriedi Enisuoh, Director,  Shipping Development, at a World News Conference  on "Transforming Nigeria Maritime  Industry" in Lagos, recently.

From Left: Mr Vincent Udoye, Head of Maritime Safety and Seafarers Standard Department, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (Nimasa); Capt. Bala Agaba, representative of Nimasa Director-General and Mr Warriedi Enisuoh, Director, Shipping Development, at a World News Conference on “Transforming Nigeria Maritime Industry” in Lagos, recently.

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Oil Spills From Aiteo’s Well For Two Weeks

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Oil has been spilling from a well owned by Nigeria’s Aiteo Eastern E&P and state-run NNPC for two weeks in southern Nigeria, local residents and politicians said on Friday, saying it threatened the environment and local economy.
Aiteo said on Nov. 9 an “extremely high order” oil spill had started on Nov. 5 and that the pressure on the wellhead meant it was impossible to halt it immediately. It had no immediate comment on Friday but said a new statement was being prepared.
NNPC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Local residents shared videos with Reuters from Nov. 13 and Nov. 14 showing oil spewing from the wellhead in the Nembe area of the Delta, one of the most polluted places on earth after decades of spills that have hurt farming and fishing.
They said the oil was still gushing out on Friday, two weeks after the initial spill.
“Governor Douye Diri is gravely concerned that if the high volume of crude being spill continuously is not stopped immediately, it will spread to many more communities and undermine the economic life of residents,” his spokesman said.
The spokesman also said in a statement that Aiteo had not yet taken “any concrete step” towards stemming the leak.
The well, which is not in production, was purchased from Royal Dutch Shell in 2015.
Aiteo previously said it had not determined the cause of the leak but did not rule out sabotage or an attempt to steal crude, both common in the restive, economically deprived area.
Community leader Nimibofa Degi told Reuters that Aiteo had ignored the community’s initial reports of the leak and said locals had said they could see corrosion in the wellhead casing.
“Rather than look inwards at their safety procedures for such high pressure wells they are pointing accusing fingers at innocent people,” he said.

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Police Vow To Reduce Crimes In Eastern Ports

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The Eastern Ports Police Command has promised to curtail the spate of crimes and criminality in all the four ports in the region.
The Command also said the peace and security of the ports remained its top priorities.
Commissioner of Police, Eastern Ports Command, Tami Evelyn Peterside, stated this during a courtesy visit by members of Energy and Maritime Reporters (EMR) in Port Harcourt.
She noted that the Command under her watch would ensure that crimes and all forms of criminality in the ports were brought to its barest minimum, as to allow business to thrive in the ports
The commissioner noted that the maritime economy is one of the ways the nation generates revenue to run the economy, assuring that her proactive styles of policing the ports would reduce the menace.
“We are working towards achieving some goals in the country; as police, we police everything to curtail crimes and make things work. We make sure there is peace and security in the ports, the ports generate revenue and make the business environment workable for both the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), operators and investors.
“I do not like crimes and criminality. I will try and bring it to its barest minimum in the Eastern ports.
“We will continue to do our work and ensure that these vandals, criminals do not kill the businesses here in the ports”, Peter side declared
On the two suspects arrested for stealing key Aprons from the BUA terminal in Rivers Port Complex, Peterside said the suspects had been charged to court including those caught stealing wheats from the port.
Earlier, the chairman of the Energy and Maritime Reporters Corp, (EMR), Martins Giadom, said the essence of the interactive session was to create friendship that would be of mutual benefits to the group and the command.
He said that EMR would be an information asset to the Nigerian Ports Authority, International Oil Companies (IOCs) and other stakeholders in their reportage.
He commended the Police Commissioner and her team over the arrest of key Apron vandals and wheat thieves in the Eastern Ports Command.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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Navy Warns Ship Owners Against Illegal Marine Activities

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The Nigerian Navy Service (NNS) has warned ship owners and companies operating in the Niger Delta communities to shun illegal marine activities or risk seizure of their vessels.
The Service also appealed to ship owners and other stakeholders to seek and obtain all necessary approvals before embarking on any maritime activity in the region.
NSS made this known in a statement by its Executive Officer, NNS, Delta, Navy Capt.Levi Deyin, while handing over a vessel, MT Madam Esther, that was allegedly impounded to its owner, Snow White Energy Limited.
The Service explained that the vessel, MT Madam Esther, was impounded in respect of alleged illegal activities at Escravos in Delta State.
Deyin said the vessel which was released to the representatives of the company at the Warri Naval Base, was seized in January 2020 in Escravos by the Naval personnel following its alleged involvement in illegal activities.
He said that the vessel was released to its owner following the conclusion of the case and approval from the Naval headquarters.
“MT Madam Esther was arrested by the Base in January 2020 for its involvement in illegal activities.
“Following the conclusion of the case and the approval from the Naval headquarters, I, Capt. Levi Deyin, on behalf of the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), hereby handover the MT Madam Esther to you.
“You are hereby warned to desist from all forms of illegalities in the future and to always obtain the necessary approval for your activities’’, Deyin said.
The statement added that the manager of the company, Mr Okpoi Iteimo-owei, accompanied by some staff were present to receive the vessel on behalf of the firm.

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