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RSSDA Plans Maritime Training For Rivers Youth

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A car specially built for smuggling at Apapa wharf Bridge in Lagos, recently.

A car specially built for smuggling at Apapa wharf Bridge in Lagos, recently.

The Rivers State Sus
tainable Development Agency (RSSDA), says it is working on plans to revive the Isaka High School to enable it train the youth in the maritime Education.
The Chief Executive of the RSSDA, Mr Harry Pepple, who disclosed this on Tuesday in an interview revealed that the agency has concluded plans to collaborate with the Academy of  Maritime Education Training (AMET) University of  India and Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) to train and engage Rivers youth on various courses in Maritime.
Pepple said if the agency could actualize the plans, it would train seafarers and all operators of maritime that would feed the maritime sector in future for the state.
He regretted that successive governments in the state abandoned the vision of the first military Governor of the state, Commander Alfred Diete-Spiff  in establishing the Issaka High School, stressing that the agency is working on how the school will function to full capacity.
He said the school will function as an off campus of the AMET University India and RSUST, explaining that the agency has done its survey and quantification to revive and make the school functional to train men and women of the state in all maritime sectors and make youths useful to the maritime sector rather than being an impediment to the operators of the sector.
According to him, “If this is done, the agency will train divers, swimming attendants, caterers, deckhand life guide, and others and also boost the state and nation’s tourism sector ’’.
He revealed that the present administration of the agency will give the youths reasons not to resort to violence because they will be given resources to manage, trained to be captains of oil and gas sector and also give them education to enable them agitate for their rights.
On the safety of the water ways, Mr Pepple said the agency is working on how to collaborate with the Federal Government to protect the water ways as well as protect the economy of the nation.
“We are working on how to sustain the safety of our water ways and we are expecting everybody to key in to it and make our water ways better and safer for users’’, he said.
Pepple however said the agency is proposing a water way maritime safety security system to cheek piracy and safeguard the water ways.

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MWUN  Hails Terminal Operators Over CBA Implementation 

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Following the clampdown of APM Terminal by Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) over poor remuneration, the Union has commended terminal operators for implementing the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) it signed with the union last year.
The agreement was signed between the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) and MWUN to improve the welfare of dockworkers and ensure sustained industrial harmony.
President of MWUN, AdewaleAdeyanju, said the implementation of the CBA has been encouraging following substantial compliance by terminal operators.
“The implementation of the NJIC agreement so far has been encouraging. I can say we have gotten 80 percent implementation.
“The Dockworkers know their do’s and don’ts on the NJIC and the areas we are having challenges is being handled internally in conjunction with the stakeholders.
“If the workers are not well paid, you would see it in their faces and with the NJIC that came into place, I don’t think we have any problem,” he said.
Adeyanju also decried the worsening Apapa gridlock, stressing that a permanent solution to the gridlock would be the establishment of holding bay facilities for trucks.
“The Presidential Task team cannot do beyond what they are doing on the gridlock. We should rather blame the shipping companies that are moving their empty containers into the terminal.
“If you don’t have anything doing in the port, why are you bringing your empty containers to litter the roads? They are using our roads as garage where they park and stack containers.
“So, we should apportion the blame to some of the shipping companies too, because their empty containers should be stacked somewhere else, not inside the port.
“The issue of holding bays should be discussed by the Federal Government and with the terminal operators. I know there are efficient terminal operators who know their onions,” he stated.
Noting that the issues that led to the MWUN strike have been resolved, Adeyanju said APM Terminals Apapa and the union have resolved issues on the CBA. He urged workers to resume operational activities at the terminal immediately.
Recall that MWUN embarked on a two days warning strike over poor remuneration by APM terminals on Nigerian  Dockworkers at itApapa  facilities.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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Eight Ships With AGO, PMS, Others Expected At Eastern Ports, Today 

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Eight Sea going vessels  laden with AGO,  Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), and other cargos are expected to berth at different terminals today at  Eastern Ports to discharge cargoes.
The manifest of the ships and cargoes was contained in the Weekly Shipping Position Magazine published by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and made available to The Tide in Port Harcourt.
The Authority said the  ships are expected to arrive at Rivers Port Complex, and Calabar Port with the Commodities.
According to the publication, the ships are laden with AGO, PMS, Bulk Wheat and Steel Pipes.
It gave the names of the Vessels for Rivers Port Complex as Grand Dionysus, MT Creamiera, Matrix Ilu and Kowe.
Other ships due for the Ports includes, Keonamex Victory, Kmarin Melbourne, MT. Picton and Rising Sun.
Names of he shipping agents contained in the manifest are Alraine, Amco, Peak Shipping and Tera Shipping Limited.
Others are Allison Shipping, Tiger Shipping Company, and Katrim Shipping.
NPA noted that the arrival of the vessels and cargos would make AGO, PMS, Steel pipes and others available to the end users and improve  trade and commerce in the region and beyond.

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Pirates Cart Away N.1m Loot From Traders

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A five-man gang  of suspected sea pirates attacked  traders and fishermen along Akwakpa, Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State and carted away over N.1 million from them.
The pirates, who shot sporadically to scare away intruders, also beat up the traders during their mission.
Narrating her ordeal, Mrs Victoria Pius, one of the victims, said the pirates collected about one million naira from her. She said the money was part of a loan.
“They shot in the air severally, beat us mercilessly before collecting our things,” she said.
The stranded woman said the pirates also kidnapped some of the traders on the boat.
Victoria also said the pirates disguised themselves as fishermen to carry out their nefarious activities on unsuspecting traders.
She appealed to the State Police Command to assist and check the incessant attacks on fishermen, traders and women along the waterways.
Earlier, Police in the State said it had rescued 28 fishermen kidnapped by a five man gang in the State.
Commissioner of Police, Olatoye Durosinmi, said the fishermen were rescued through intelligence gathering.
According to him, as soon as he got the report, he drafted marine officers who were able to rescue the victims at the creeks where the gang held them hostage for over eight hours.
“The 28 men and women you see here are the people rescued by the marine police officers.
“They (pirates) seized the boat of the victims and put them where they will not come out.
“These men of the underworld will pretend to be fishermen. We’ve actually caught five of them before and put them in detention. The long arm of the law will soon catch up with all of them.

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