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NIWA Reads Riot Act To Boat Operators

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As part of measures to curb incessant boat mishaps and loss of lives and properties, the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) says seven years jail term await boat operators and owners of jetties who breach safety regulations.
Area Manager, NIWA, Mrs. SaratBraimah, disclosed this at Ovori while presenting life jackets to Ibeshe, Guasu Communities in Lagos State during an awareness campaign.
Braimah, who was on a sensitization programme to some riverine communities in the State, said the newly gazetted Transport Code of the Federal Government is part of efforts to curb the incessant loss of lives caused by non-compliance to waterways regulations.
According to her, the Ministry of Justice has just gazetted a new waterway regulation, which stipulates seven years imprisonment for community leaders who operate jetties at night, and private operators where boats are overloaded after 7pm.
“The same penalty goes for operators and passengers who fail to use lifejackets and are non-compliant to waterways regulation.
“We are here to rub minds with your community in order to curb boat accidents and incessant loss of lives.
“You can tell us where the government has lapses so we can improve, while we work together to remove the human problems.
“Most boat accidents are results of human elements, which is not far from non-compliance to regulations.
“We have repeated it severally that there should be no night sailing from 7pm. It is better to stay alive and travel the next day than to endanger your life at night.
“Boat drivers should have licenses because training is key. Don’t patronize unregistered boats and unnamed boats. There will be NIWA stickers to identify the registered boats”, she said.
The NIWA boss also warned drivers not to drive boats without paddles as they would be unable to ferry such boats to the nearest shore if the boat’s engine suddenly fails.
She cautioned drivers on dangers of   overspeeding, driving recklessly, and making use of leaking boats, driving without passenger manifest and fire extinguishers.
Engr. Braimah who directed the seizure of substandard life-jackets found at retail stores around the communities, described substandard lifejackets as deadly.
Earlier, the Youth Leader, Sagbo-Koji, Mr Bobby Sanni, advised the Authority to co-opt youths in the community in its task force, noting that Marine Police and NIWA Task Force officials close duty at jetties by 6pm, but youths could help in the enforcement at night.
Communities visited includesSagbo Koji in AmuwoOdofin, Irede in Oriade and Ibeshe, all in Lagos.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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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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