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Fuel Price Hike: PH, Bonny Passengers May Pay N4,000 Before Christmas

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Following the increase in petrol pump price in Rivers State to N230 per liter, Bonny Maritime Transport Association (BMTA) says passengers travelling to Bonny Island from Port Harcourt may have to pay N4,000 each before Christmas.
The Association said boat operators along Bonny routes are facing difficulties in getting petrol to power their boats to the Island.
BMTA said the petroleum pump price has also forced the prices of spare parts beyond the reach of the poor.
Disclosing this to The In Port Harcourt in a telephone interview, Marine Safety Officer, BMTA, Comrade Kim Dimkpa,  expressed regret that passengers to the Island are passing through difficulties, saying since the petroleum pump price hike, passengers now pay N3,000 to Bonny
He insisted that if the pump price is not checked, the Association would be forced to increase the fair to N4,000 before Christmas.
Dimkpa said in the past when the pump price were N150 per liter, fair to Bonny was N2,000 to ,N2,500 per passenger.
The Safety Officer appealed to relevant government agencies responsible for control of the pump price to come to the aid of the masses in Nigerian by ensuring that the price remains affordable.
“I call on the NNPC, and other relevant agencies for the control of petroleum pump price to assist the masses and reduce the price to N150 per litre to save lives.
“Boat operators, bus drivers and other end users depend daily on the product to survive.
“Our leaders are not helping matters, the masses are dying everyday of economic hardships, the rich are getting richer every day, while the poor masses are dying of hunger and starvation in the midst of plenty”, Dimkpa said.
He appealed to State Governors and other stakeholders in the industry to intervene in reverting to the old pump price of N150 per liter for consumers.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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Association Blames NIWA For Boat Mishaps In Nigeria 

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The Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters has blamed the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and other regulatory bodies for boat mishaps in the country.
This is in reaction to the incessant boat accidents in the nation’s waterways that have claimed lots of lives.
Specifically, the Association decried the loss of over 212 persons in the nation’s waterways within a space of seven months across the country.
The group said the boat mishaps took place between March to October, 2022 within which over  212 persons lost their lives.
National President, Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters, Tope Fajeninokun, stated this to newsmen in Lagos.
“The expectation which has been our yearning is the training and retraining of boat operators. Some of them are secondary school certificate holders.
“For instance, ask NIMASA, how many driving license they have issued boat drivers this year, you will discover that it is extremely low. What about the logs and wrecks on our waterways?
“We can see glaring improvement as to the removal of the wrecks from the waters, but they are not doing enough.
“When you train boat operators at six months interval, it refreshes their brain,. Monitoring of boat operations and training of drivers should be at the forefront”, Fajemirokun said.
“So far this year, 22 fatal boat accidents have been reported in 13 states”, he said.
The states include Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, Jigawa, Katsina and Kebbi.
Others are Kogi, Lagos, Niger, Sokoto, Taraba, and Yobe respectively
He likened the cause of the accidents to non adherence to safety measures,
Fajeninokun noted that the first fatal boat accident in 2022 was recorded in Yauri, Kebbi State in March when four siblings drowned after a boat ferrying them, their father and two other passengers across the river to their farm capsized.
The most recent fatal mishap, he said, occurred in Lagos on Sunday, October 23 when a boat with four persons capsized, and only one of them survived.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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