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NIWA, LASWA seek Innovative Technology to Achieve Greener Water Transport



NIWA commiserates with Anambra over boat mishap, decries non-use of life jackets

Second-left, Director, Head of Public Affairs Unit, Lagferry, Mr. Hakeem Odushina, The Secretary-General Abuja MoU, Capt. Sunday Umoren, the convener of Lagos International Maritime Week, Chairman Zoe Maritime Resources Ltd., Mr. Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr. Emmanuel Jime during 2022 Lagos International Maritime Week (LIMW), with the theme, ‘New Technologies for Greener Shipping in Africa’, organized by Zoe Maritime Resources Ltd in Lagos on Wednesday.

… As LASG donates boat lifejackets to Jagaban Maritime Network to enhance safety***

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and Lagos State Waterways Authority (NIWA) are seeking harmonization of innovative technologies that will enhance greener transportation in the country.

The two agencies made the move at the ongoing 2022 Lagos International Maritime Week (LIMW), with the theme: “New Technologies for Greener Shipping in Africa”, organized by Zoe Maritime Resources Ltd. in Lagos on Wednesday.

Also read: NIWA lays foundation for modern boat station in Yauri

The newsmen report that greener transportation, also known as sustainable transport, refers to modes of transportation that do not negatively impact the environment such as fossil fuels.

Newsmen also report that greener transport modes rely on renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy, hydroelectric, and biomass, among others.

Speaking, the Managing Director of NIWA, Dr George Moghalu, said that the regulation would help to meet modern shipping and transportation trends and maintain eco-friendly operations in the country.

Moghalu said greener shipping was the process of adopting cleaner and environmentally friendly energy sources to reduce Green House Gases and to protect the natural environment.

He argued that although ports and shipping activities promote trade and economic growth, energy consumption and emissions generated during its operations posed a huge environmental challenge to inland rivers and coastal environments.

“Studies have shown that presently, more than 90 per cent of Inland River Vessels use Diesel Engines which is the main source of nitrogen oxide and Sulphur dioxide emissions.

“These gases have negative impacts on the environment.

These global greenhouse gases may continue to increase and pose serious health challenges if mitigation measures are not put in place to reduce them.

“Therefore, advanced, cleaner propulsion systems using cleaner energies can be adopted to reduce fuel consumption and reduce significantly gas emissions from combustion engines,” Moghalu said.

He called for the need to encourage stakeholders and investors to invest in infrastructure compatible with greener technology in shipping for a better environment.

Moghalu said that agencies responsible for promoting these agendas would do well by setting realistic domestic, and national agendas and goals towards achieving the objectives.

The NIWA boss said there should be a commitment to adapt and adopt best global practices by domesticating appropriate international shipping conventions and protocols.

He called for need to set up implementable best practices locally by involving all stakeholders’ contributions at the ports that would ensure clean energy, using renewable sources using cold ironing (shore power), etc.

“Inland waterways transportation is an efficient, safe and environmentally friendly mode of transportation compared to other modes of transportation.

“The slow implementation and specific actions on the improvement and measures to reduce emissions from its operations remain a source of concern and may bleak these mentioned advantages in the future if nothing is done in this regard.

“The applicability of Green Technologies to the Inland Waterways Transportation Sector all over the world as compared to maritime shipping are being hampered by lack of credible information and feasible data to effectively deal with it,” he said.

Moghalu attributed the lack of effectiveness of these technologies, and the applicability of the same to different categories of Inland crafts, mostly non-conventional vessels was another challenge to implementing these technologies.

The General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, said the Lagos State Government was working on feasibility studies with the United Kingdom for Greener Ferries

and Infrastructure.

Emmanuel said that the state signed a Green Bond MOU with MDQ Group and

Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Africa towards creating viable financing options for future green and sustainability projects.

He said that LASWA was identifying and meeting with companies to invest in energy-efficient ferries and technologies for the Lagos inland

Emmanuel said that Lagos State lagoons and waterways account for around 22 per cent of the city’s total area, saying that the current water route provides access to 15 of the 20 local government areas.

“Lagos State has the highest population in Nigeria, with over 25 million people.

” Lagos State Government has provided equipment to enhance their operations such as underwater depth bathymetry survey, surveillance drone and underwater drone technology, geospatial mobile mapping web.

“Others are waterways monitoring and data management centre, detecting wreckages for removals, siting jetty or terminal, underwater depth for rescuing and emergency.

“We also have a bathymetry Map of Lagos Lagoon selecting suitable navigable route Areas for channelization and dredging,” Emmanuel said.

He said that underwater depth for rescuing and emergency was completed in 2019 by the state government for 15 important routes on the Lagos inland waterways.

Emmanuel said that LASWA was established to provide a world-class alternative public transport service that is accessible, reliable, and climate-friendly.

He said that the authority had enhanced its attractiveness and reliability to stakeholders, adding that LASWA owns 55 jetties and operates 29 commercial terminals on the state’s inland waterways.

In the meantime, the Lagos State Waterways (LASWA) has pledged to donate boat lifejackets to Jagaban Maritime Network to enhance safety on waterways.

The General Manager, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, made the promise during a Town Hall meeting with the theme: “Maritime for Asiwaju Day Towards the Forth Coming Election,” held in Lagos on Thursday.

He said that many states across the country had been seeking support from Lagos State on how to improve their states’ water transportation.

Emmanuel said that it would have not been possible for the states seeking support without the legacy and foundation laid by Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the former Governor of Lagos State.

“Lagos State has built more than five terminals with more than 40 jetties, donations of free standard lifejackets to jetties from time to time.

“We are working towards replicating inland structure on national level to Lagos State because of the increase in population on daily basis.

” Lagos State Government will like to make commitment to support Jagaban Maritime Network towards the office and providing boats to enhance their ports operations because your safety is our concern.

“I use this opportunity to commend our leader Asiwaju who had a strategy to manage Nigeria and I also commend Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for being a listening leader, otherwise we can not achieve much,” Emmanuel said.

L-R—The Deputy National Coordinator (South), Tinubu support Organisation, Mrs. Ayodele Fatusin, Mr. Akin Ibesanmi, State Coordinator, Tinubu Support Organisation, Lagos Chapter,
Director General, Jagaban Maritime Network, Mr. Olu Adefioye and the General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority, Mr. Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, Town Hall meeting with the Theme” Maritime for Asiwaju Day Towards the Forth Coming Election, held in Lagos on Thursday.

He said that the State Government had done a lot to stop constant gridlock along the Apapa port area which many people could testify to.

Emmanuel said Tinubu was aware of challenges facing port operators, adding that he would solve them on getting to the federal level.

Director General, Jagaban Maritime Network, Mr Olu Adefioye, said the association was created under Maritime Ambassador for Good Governance.

Adefioye said it was a coalition of people and maritime stakeholders to join Tinubu to lead the country.

“our members are all registered APC members spread in all Nigeria seaports, airports, land boarders and riverine areas with over 10,000 membership strength and more than 5 million votes.

“We are grassroots mobilizers as we have intensified our sensitization campaign to all the transport sector, including air transport, to vote for APC and if elected will turn things around positively.

“We are requesting for three things such as suitable Secretariat, two local boats, one of the boats will ply Apapa to Ikorodu while the second boat will ply Tincan port to Badagry,” Adefioye said.

He said that the third request was to include their members in the campaign structure from national, state and local government levels.

The Deputy National Coordinator (South), Tinubu support Organisation, Mrs. Ayodele Fatusin, noted that they had the best leader coming from the south.

She said nobody was competing with Tinubu, adding that they were on the ground and he would become the president by the special grace of God.

Fatusi said that APC was still the best party in Nigeria to vote in, adding that Tinubu would come up with updated policies that would suit the economy.

“All we are asking for is for Nigerians to vote for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who is capable with versatile experience to move the country forward.

Mr Adebusayo Adeleye, Publicity Secretary of Jagaban Maritime Network, urged Tinubu to assist them in making Tincan port road motorable to reduce the stress of getting to port.



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INCESSANT TRUCK ACCIDENTS: LASG Warns Truck Drivers, Owners Against Recklessness



INCESSANT TRUCK ACCIDENTS: LASG Warns Truck Drivers, Owners Against Recklessness

… Vows To prosecute anyone found culpable***

The Lagos State Government has again condemned in strong terms, the incessant truck accidents happening within the State and read the riot act, warning owners and drivers of articulated vehicles against recklessness, and saying any driver or owner found to be complicit in any truck accident will be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the State Transport Sector Reform Law (TSRL), 2018.

A statement released by the Ministry of Transportation noted that the warning becomes necessary, following recent truck accidents at Ojuelegba and Ikotun area which claimed lives of innocent citizens and leaving scores of people injured, also at Abule-Egba road, and Odoyalaro (Maryland) Bridge which fortunately were without casualties.

According to the Statement, investigation reveals that the accidents happen most times, due to negligence and recklessness on the part of the drivers, reiterating that the State Government has resolved not to tolerate unabated truck accidents caused by large containers falling off trucks that injure or kill citizens, who are going about their daily activities.

Having carried out a critical forensic investigation on the causes of these accidents, the State Government has resolved to evoke the full wrath of the laws stipulated in its Transport Sector Reform Law (TSRL), 2018, on liability of owners for safety.

The law clearly stated that a person who drives a commercial vehicle whose condition does not conform with the provisions of the law commits an offense and is liable on conviction to the penalty stated in Section 18 (2) and in situations where the driver of the vehicle is not the owner, the owner will also be liable in line with Section 18 (3).

The Statement further read that enforcement strategies to checkmate the operations and activities of articulated vehicles plying the State Roads is sacrosanct and will be enforced.

The State Government having registered its displeasure and position on the current situation sought the full cooperation of all relevant Stakeholders in the implementation of the exercise/enforcement in a bid to erase needless deaths, enhance movement without fear on our roads and safety of lives and property.

The Statement further commiserates with families who lost their loved ones in the recent accidents assuring them that justice will be served.

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Nigeria records 244 confirmed cases of Lassa fever, 37 deaths in 16 states and FCT



Nigeria records 244 confirmed cases of Lassa fever, 37 deaths in 16 states and FCT

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) registered 244 confirmed cases of Lassa Fever in 16 states and the FCT as of Jan. 22.

Director-General, NCDC, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, indicated this on Monday in Abuja, adding that the centre also recorded 37 deaths, a case fatality rate of 15.1 per cent.

The Lassa fever infections were recorded in Ondo State (90), Edo (89), Bauchi (13), Taraba (10), Benue (9), Ebonyi (9), Nasarawa (7) and Plateau (5).

Others are Kogi (4), Anambra (2), Delta (1), Oyo (1), Adamawa (1), Enugu (1), Imo (1), and the FCT (1).

He said among five health workers confirmed infected in the line of duty, one of them died.

Dr Adetifa said the centre activated a national multi-sectorial Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) on Jan. 20 to coordinate and strengthen ongoing response activities.

The centre is powered by officials of the NCDC and those of relevant ministries, departments, and agencies, other stakeholders and major partners.

“The outcome of the risk assessment placed Nigeria at a very high risk as increased transmission has been recorded compared to previous years, just as the number of states infected has risen.

“Healthcare workers have also been shown to be at increased risk of infection and death,’’ he said.

Adetifa also told NAN that the EOC would coordinate the national response, especially across affected states to interrupt disease transmission, reduce impact by reducing suffering and death.

He appealed to states of the federation to support the NCDC as lead agency in the development and implementation of evidence-driven outbreak response plans for their territories.

He said that prior to the activation of EOC, the NCDC had deployed national rapid response teams to hotspot states to support contact tracing, case management, risk communication and community engagement, among others.

It also developed a national Incident Action Plan to ensure coordinated response at all levels and planned the deployment of surge staff for Lassa fever case management to high-burden states.

He explained that healthcare workers at most risk were those who clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces, materials, and supplies without adequate protective gear.

Laboratory workers who handle blood samples of suspected Lassa fever patients without appropriate precautions are also at high risk, he added.

“Most at risk for Lassa fever are persons who prepare and or handle bodies of deceased Lassa fever cases without appropriate precautions,’’ he stressed.

Adetifa enjoined healthcare workers to always wear gloves and other appropriate personal protective equipment while handling patients or providing care to patients and their relatives.

“Healthcare providers should report all suspected cases of Lassa fever to their local government Disease Surveillance and Notification Officer for immediate access to healthcare.

“This is essential because early identification and treatment of cases appear to be more effective and can save lives,’’ he said.

Adetifa enjoined Nigerians to keep their environment clean always; block all holes in residences to prevent access by rats and other rodents, cover dustbins and dispose of refuse properly.

“Communities should set up dump sites very far from their homes so as not to attract rats and other rodents just as foodstuffs should be kept in containers with tight-fitting lids.

“Avoid drying foodstuffs on roadsides where they will be at risk of contamination. Avoid bush burning which can lead to the displacement of rats from bushes to human dwellings.

“Practice good personal and hand hygiene by frequently washing hands with soap under running water or use of hand sanitisers when appropriate.

“Visit the nearest health facility if you notice any of the signs and symptoms associated with Lassa fever and avoid self-medication,’’ he advised.

Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus. The natural reservoir for the virus is the rat and other rodents.

The virus spreads through direct contact with the urine, faeces, saliva, or blood of infected rats and contact with objects, household items and surfaces contaminated with the urine, faeces, saliva, or blood of infected rats.

Consumption of food or water contaminated with the urine, faeces, saliva, or blood of infected rats; person-to-person contact with blood, urine, faeces and other body fluids of an infected person could also lead to infection.

Lassa fever initially presents like other commonplace illnesses accompanied by a fever such as malaria.

Other symptoms include headache, general body weakness, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle pains, chest pain, sore throat, and in severe cases, bleeding from ears, eyes, nose, mouth, and other body openings.

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EFCC secures 166 convictions, recovers N1.4bn in Kano; Student docked for alleged threat to life, stabbing another with bottle



EFCC secures 166 convictions, recovers N1.4bn in Kano

 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Kano Zonal Command, said it secured 166 convictions and recovered N1.4 billion in 2022.

The Zonal Commander of EFCC, Mr. Farouk Dogondaji, made the disclosure during a courtesy visit by Head of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) office in Kano State, Aminu Garko, on Thursday in Kano.

“In 2022 the commission investigated, prosecuted, secured 166 convictions and recovered N1.4 billion in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa. We still have pending cases in court.

“The Government of President Muhammadu Buhari has given all Nigerians the opportunity to report cases of economic and financial crime.

“EFCC Chairman, Mr. Abdulrashid Bawa, brought a lot of changes and policies among which is the development of EFCC strategic plan to improve public participation in the fight against corruption.

“Fighting corruption is for all of us Nigerians. We have to put our hands together to push our country forward,” Dogondaji said.

He noted that the issue of corruption in Nigeria was of great concern to all patriotic citizens, and as such various stakeholders must work together to tame it, especially as the country goes into election.

“Citizens have to know what corruption has done to Nigeria so that when they go to cast their votes, they vote for credible Nigerians. Even as citizens, we have a duty to Nigeria,” he said.

He commended NAN for its zeal to partner with the commission to win the war against corruption.

Earlier, the head of the Kano state NAN office said corruption has been the major problem militating against the smooth implementation of government policies and programmes that would impact the well-being of the populace.

“Fighting corruption is like fighting a war among communities, we cannot move forward without fighting corruption,” he said.

Garko called for synergy between NAN and the EFCC in the ongoing fight against corruption in the country. 

In another development, a 26-year-old student, Victor Adegbulugbe, was on Friday docked in an Ogudu Magistrate’s Court in Lagos, for allegedly stabbing another with a broken bottle on the head and back.

The police charged Adegbulugbe, who resides at Kazeem Street, Ojota, Lagos, with count bordering on assault, threat to life, grievous confrontation and breach of peace.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecutor, Insp Donjor Perezi, had told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Jan. 19, 2023, at about 9 a.m. at Muwazani hotel, located on No 22 Ogudu road, Ojota, Lagos State.

Perezi told the court that the defendant stabbed one Akeem Adebare, during an altercation and threatened the lives of Sharon Eunkoroh and Ibrahim Adebare that he would kill them with a gun.

He said that the offences contravened the provisions of Section 175, 56 (1)(a), 168 and 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

According to section 173, anyone found guilty of the offence will be liable to three years imprisonment

The Magistrate, Mrs M.O. Tanimola, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200,000, with two sureties in like sum.

She said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and must show evidence of tax payments to Lagos Government.

Tanimola adjourned the case until Feb. 15 for mention.

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