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Safety Officer Cautions Boat Operators Against Reckless Driving

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Barely 24 hours to Christmas, a marine expert in the state has cautioned boat drivers to avoid reckless driving and overloading of passengers  in ordert not to cause  boat accident in our waterways.
The  expert also advised boat operator’s to desist from drinking or taking harmful drugs before embarking on water journey, describing the act of taking alcohol as dangerous to driving.
A renowned safety officer with Bonny Maritime  Transport Association, (BMTA), Bonny/ Port Harcourt Jetty, Mr. Donatus Kingsley, said this to The Tide during an exclusive interview on safety yesterday in Port Harcourt.
Kingsley who admonished the boat drivers to be more  safety conscious while driving especially this period of yelutide season said, reckless and overloading of boats are responsible for some of the boat mishaps in our waterways.
He also appealed to the passengers and the operators to always put on their life jackets and adhere strictly to all safety precautions to avoid accident.
The safety officer called on the  management BMTA not to allow any boat driver to leave the jetty with passengers without ensuring that they adhere to all the safety rules and regulations before embarking on any water journey.
He described any water journey without life jackets and  other safety measures as risky to both the drivers and passengers.
Kingsley also urged the marine police, the Nigerian Navy to ensure safety on the regional waterways and the creeks to prevent  accident on our routes ahead of the yelutide celebration and the general election period.
The marine expert called on the marine police force and other relevant security agencies to arrest and prosecute any  defaulters to safety rules while driving including the passengers, because both are liable to same offence.
The officer advised drivers and passengers on Bonny route not to indulge in night journey as such could be dangerous to life and cause accident
Kingsley also debunked ramours that BMTA has increase fare to Bonny Island, but said no fare has been increased, rather passengers still pay #2,200 per head in a journey
He appealed to Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA and the state government, companies, Non Governmental Organization NGOs to donate morevlife saving equipment to marine operators to reduce boat mishaps in our waterways.

 

Chinedu Wosu

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NTVOA Promotes 24hr-Online Operations On Faulty Vehicles

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The National Towing Vehicles Owners Association (NTVOA) has commenced consultation with security agencies and stakeholders in the transport logistics chain system on the best way to respond promptly  to rescue articulated vehicles parked along major roads and highways nationwide through digitalisation .
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) affiliate association said plans are already afoot to introduce an app designed to respond swiftly to brokendown  vehicles in furtherance to ensure free flow of traffic.
NTVOA said it will test-run the app in  Lagos when completed  due to the predominant and peculiar nature of traffic, noting that the technological device would take the form of “Uber”
In a chat with the National Secretary of NTVOA, Comrade Sylvester Afonughe in Ogun State, he noted that the move would be an all inclusive app through which security agencies will also be alerted  in line with the technological innovation .
He said the operation when completed will encourage faster response to vehicles with technical hitches to be evacuated from the roads.
The scribe sad aggressive campaigns and sensitization mechanism would be put in place to enable stakeholders understand how to use the app upon completion.
Afonughe, an engineer and the Business Relationship Manager, Moniepoint, affirmed that: “It looks tasking, no doubt, but that is what we are looking at as a union because we have already commenced consultation for the website which will operate like Uber or O Pay in nature.
He said the union is also resolved to key into the automation system as part of efforts to address human contact and to promote seamless operations in modern day transport technology.
“We are looking at how we can improve on our operations because it is what I single-handedly initiated under the stable of my organization, then the national can take it up from there.
“So many factors are also considered in this project because we are looking at 24 hours online real time operations because we cannot rule out night activities.

“Security is key here so these are the things we are looking at because we need to carry security agencies along because security must not be compromises when we kick start this project.

By; Nkemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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NIWA Provides Waterways Ambulance For Search, Rescue

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The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has introduced a new ambulance boat to serve the Lagos waters.
Disclosing this in a statement made available to our correspondent in lagos, NIWA said “The decision to introduce the new ambulance was in response to critical empowerment of the search and rescue team in Lagos, and as strategic fulfilment to suggestions made by the cream of maritime media at a recent parley with the Managing Director of NIWA, Dr. George Moghalu .
“Dr. Moghalu noted that the new craft fitted with amber lights and two 175 Horse Power engines by Yamaha, with cream colour leather interior, fitted with medical equipment, first aid boxes, communication system and stretchers, will form the fulcrum rapid response to accidents on Lagos waterways.
“Rugged and built to  ferry accident victims and those who require immediate medical attention to the nearest hospital and Medical Hold Bay, the ambulance watercraft can travel at controlled timing without fear or anxieties of being buffeted by high impact waves”, it stated.

By: Nkemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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CBN Raises Savings Interest To 4.2%

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Bank customers in the country are now to be paid more interest on their savings after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) reviewed upward minimum interest payable to 30 per cent of the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR).
At its last meeting in July, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the CBN had raised MPR to 14 per cent due to the persistent rise in inflation rate in the country.
The upward review of interest on savings was stated in a circular signed by the CBN Director, Banking Supervision, Haruna Mustafa, and issued to all banks dated August 15, 2022.
With the new circular, banks are expected to increase interest rate on savings from 10 per cent of MPR to 30 per cent of MPR with effect from August 1, 2022.
Consequently, bank customers can now earn up to 4.2 per cent, which is 30 per cent of the 14 per cent MPR as against 1.4 per cent, which was 10 per cent of the MPR.
According to The Tide’s source, the circular states in part:  “It will be recalled that as part of the efforts to ameliorate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Central Bank of Nigeria reduced the minimum interest rates payable on local currency savings deposits from 30 per cent to 10 per cent of the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR).
“This was aimed at stimulating growth in the larger economy following the economic slowdown occasioned by the pandemic.
“However, following the return to full normalcy and considering the prevailing macroeconomic conditions, it has become necessary to effect an upward adjustment of the interest rate payable on local currency savings deposits.
“Accordingly, effective August 1, 2022, the negotiable minimum interest rate on local currency savings deposits shall be 30 per cent of MPR. This supersedes our letter dated September 1, 2020, referenced BSD/DIR/GEN/LAB/13/052 on the subject.”

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