Locally Made Speed Boats At Bonny, Rivers State

A marine safety awareness campaign to reduce boat accidents on the waterways of the Niger Delta region has just been concluded over the week.

The seminar/talk shop was organized by a stakeholder in the maritime sector in Nigeria and sponsored by Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria. It was held at the secretariat of the multipurpose hall of the Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, Rivers State.

The theme of the seminar was “Reducing Boat accidents” and was well attended by hundreds of boat drivers/operators and allied professionals. It was specifically targeted at boat drivers in Port Harcourt jetties, Okrika Jetties, Billie, Nembe, Bonny Abonema Wharf, Rumourlumeni and Oceanic jetties.

Speed Boats At Port Harcourt Jetties

During the safety seminar and campaign, safety habits and tools were introduced to boat drivers and operators and they were counseled in the use of these tools for their safety and that of their passengers. Boat drivers were also advised to always use their life jackets, whistles and to ensure that the boats are not overloaded.

The safety campaign was organized by Chief Nimisoere Hutchinson Bob Manuel who lectures the attendees on the further use of fire extinguisher, lifebuoys, and non-refueling of the boat while in motion.

Many resource persons drawn from the maritime as well as safety sector of the economy were invited to tutor the attendees. Among such was the National President of the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria Mr. Nnamdi Ilodiuba as well as a fellow of the same institute Timothy Iwuagwu.

A Boat Mishap

Iwuagwu in his remarks counseled boat drivers against lack of concentration while piloting their boats and equally challenge passengers to scrutinise drivers before choosing to board their boat to avoid riding with a drunk or intoxicated driver.

An insurance spokesman from Cornerstone Insurance Company Mr. Onajite Prosper Orijide advised the boat drivers, boat owners as well as passengers to embrace comprehensive insurance to cover in times of accident or incident stressing that boats are manmade and therefore are prone to mishap.

Other resources persons who lauded the initiative of the organisers, as well as the sponsors, included the South-South Zonal Director of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA represented by Mr. Layiwola Olanrewaju.

Also in attendance is the Deputy General Manager Marine of the National Inland Waterways NIWA, Mr. Agbahi Fidelis Ebiala as well as the Deputy Head of Marine Police of the Rivers State Police Command DSP Gajere Rayman.

The sponsors of the seminar Total Upstream was represented by its Deputy Managing Director Mr. Admadu Kida Musa. Mr. Musa commended the organisers of the seminar and lauded the advantages it would bring to the maritime sector.

He observed that the purpose of the seminar which is on safety aligns with the focus and objective of Total as a responsible and caring oil company which has the interest of its workers and stakeholders dearly at heart.

Musa who was represented by the General Manager CSR Total Mr. Charles Ngerebara boasted that Total is proud of its contribution to the socio-economic development of Nigeria.