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  •   On March 28 2022 in Vilanculos Inhambane the US Government participated in the inauguration of the Central Termica de Temane CTT power plant and the Temane Transmission Project TTP These two energy projects will help strengthen Mozambique s energy security boost access to affordable energy and support Mozambique s contributions to the regional electricity market The US government provided critical support to both projects through the US Agency for International Development USAID and the US International Development Finance Corporation DFC Once completed the 450 megawatt CTT plant will deliver much needed electricity from the northern part of Inhambane province to the more populous south via the 563 kilometre TTP transmission line The US government the Mozambican government and other partners worked closely together to bring us here today inaugurating a project that supports Mozambique in its goal of providing all citizens with access to electricity by 2030 he said the Charg d Affaires of the Embassy of the United States in Mozambique Abigail Dressel The Temane power project is essential to the ongoing economic transformation in Mozambique and southern Africa and we are proud to support it The United States International Development Finance Corporation will provide up to 200 million in a direct loan to CTT a public private partnership between Electricidade de Mozambique EDM Globeleq and Sasol Africa The loan will help support the design construction and eventual operation of the Temane gas fired power plant which will bring low cost baseload power online at 36 below EDM s current average cost of power It will also diversify Mozambique s energy mix which currently relies heavily on hydropower The US Government s Power Africa initiative coordinated by USAID provided EDM with an integrated advisor from January 2018 to December 2020 to support TTP s evolving technical and organizational needs The consultant was instrumental in establishing the TTP Project Management Office and moving the project forward to financial close The construction of the TTP is expected to generate around 3 000 jobs of which 200 will be permanent once the TTP is operational Power Africa is proud to support the Temane Transmission Project as it connects more people to energy opens up cross border business opportunities strengthens the country s energy resilience and accelerates economic development said Mark Carrato coordinator for Power Africa Increased access to energy supplies and improved economic development are critical components of the US government s broader assistance in Mozambique Working closely with the Government of Mozambique the US Government provides more than 500 million in annual assistance to help Mozambicans build a healthier more democratic safer and more prosperous country for all The United States Agency for International Development USAID leads the United States government s international development and disaster assistance through partnerships and investments that save lives reduce poverty strengthen democratic governance and help people out of humanitarian crises For more information on USAID s work visit www usaid gov Power Africa is a US government led partnership that harnesses the collective resources of more than 170 public and private sector partners to double access to electricity in sub Saharan Africa Since 2013 projects supported by Power Africa have added more than 13 000 MW of cleaner more reliable electricity and more than 29 million new electrical connections for homes and businesses Power Africa s goal is to add at least 30 000 MW and 60 million connections by 2030 To learn more about Power Africa s work visit www usaid gov powerafrica The US International Development Finance Corporation DFC partners with the private sector to finance solutions to the most critical challenges facing the developing world today We invest in sectors including energy healthcare critical infrastructure and technology DFC also provides financing for small businesses and women entrepreneurs to create jobs in emerging markets DFC investments adhere to high standards and respect the environment human rights and workers rights For more information visit www dfc gov
    U.S. Government Supports Newly Launched Temane Energy Projects
      On March 28 2022 in Vilanculos Inhambane the US Government participated in the inauguration of the Central Termica de Temane CTT power plant and the Temane Transmission Project TTP These two energy projects will help strengthen Mozambique s energy security boost access to affordable energy and support Mozambique s contributions to the regional electricity market The US government provided critical support to both projects through the US Agency for International Development USAID and the US International Development Finance Corporation DFC Once completed the 450 megawatt CTT plant will deliver much needed electricity from the northern part of Inhambane province to the more populous south via the 563 kilometre TTP transmission line The US government the Mozambican government and other partners worked closely together to bring us here today inaugurating a project that supports Mozambique in its goal of providing all citizens with access to electricity by 2030 he said the Charg d Affaires of the Embassy of the United States in Mozambique Abigail Dressel The Temane power project is essential to the ongoing economic transformation in Mozambique and southern Africa and we are proud to support it The United States International Development Finance Corporation will provide up to 200 million in a direct loan to CTT a public private partnership between Electricidade de Mozambique EDM Globeleq and Sasol Africa The loan will help support the design construction and eventual operation of the Temane gas fired power plant which will bring low cost baseload power online at 36 below EDM s current average cost of power It will also diversify Mozambique s energy mix which currently relies heavily on hydropower The US Government s Power Africa initiative coordinated by USAID provided EDM with an integrated advisor from January 2018 to December 2020 to support TTP s evolving technical and organizational needs The consultant was instrumental in establishing the TTP Project Management Office and moving the project forward to financial close The construction of the TTP is expected to generate around 3 000 jobs of which 200 will be permanent once the TTP is operational Power Africa is proud to support the Temane Transmission Project as it connects more people to energy opens up cross border business opportunities strengthens the country s energy resilience and accelerates economic development said Mark Carrato coordinator for Power Africa Increased access to energy supplies and improved economic development are critical components of the US government s broader assistance in Mozambique Working closely with the Government of Mozambique the US Government provides more than 500 million in annual assistance to help Mozambicans build a healthier more democratic safer and more prosperous country for all The United States Agency for International Development USAID leads the United States government s international development and disaster assistance through partnerships and investments that save lives reduce poverty strengthen democratic governance and help people out of humanitarian crises For more information on USAID s work visit www usaid gov Power Africa is a US government led partnership that harnesses the collective resources of more than 170 public and private sector partners to double access to electricity in sub Saharan Africa Since 2013 projects supported by Power Africa have added more than 13 000 MW of cleaner more reliable electricity and more than 29 million new electrical connections for homes and businesses Power Africa s goal is to add at least 30 000 MW and 60 million connections by 2030 To learn more about Power Africa s work visit www usaid gov powerafrica The US International Development Finance Corporation DFC partners with the private sector to finance solutions to the most critical challenges facing the developing world today We invest in sectors including energy healthcare critical infrastructure and technology DFC also provides financing for small businesses and women entrepreneurs to create jobs in emerging markets DFC investments adhere to high standards and respect the environment human rights and workers rights For more information visit www dfc gov
    U.S. Government Supports Newly Launched Temane Energy Projects
    Africa8 months ago

    U.S. Government Supports Newly Launched Temane Energy Projects

    On March 28, 2022, in Vilanculos, Inhambane, the US Government participated in the inauguration of the Central Termica de Temane (CTT) power plant and the Temane Transmission Project (TTP). These two energy projects will help strengthen Mozambique's energy security, boost access to affordable energy, and support Mozambique's contributions to the regional electricity market. The US government provided critical support to both projects through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). Once completed, the 450-megawatt CTT plant will deliver much-needed electricity from the northern part of Inhambane province to the more populous south via the 563-kilometre TTP transmission line.

    “The US government, the Mozambican government and other partners worked closely together to bring us here today, inaugurating a project that supports Mozambique in its goal of providing all citizens with access to electricity by 2030,” he said. the Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of the United States in Mozambique Abigail Dressel. “The Temane power project is essential to the ongoing economic transformation in Mozambique and southern Africa and we are proud to support it.”

    The United States International Development Finance Corporation will provide up to $200 million in a direct loan to CTT, a public-private partnership between Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM), Globeleq and Sasol Africa. The loan will help support the design, construction and eventual operation of the Temane gas-fired power plant, which will bring low-cost baseload power online at 36% below EDM's current average cost of power. It will also diversify Mozambique's energy mix, which currently relies heavily on hydropower. The US Government's Power Africa initiative, coordinated by USAID, provided EDM with an integrated advisor from January 2018 to December 2020 to support TTP's evolving technical and organizational needs. The consultant was instrumental in establishing the TTP Project Management Office and moving the project forward to financial close. The construction of the TTP is expected to generate around 3,000 jobs, of which 200 will be permanent once the TTP is operational.

    “Power Africa is proud to support the Temane Transmission Project as it connects more people to energy, opens up cross-border business opportunities, strengthens the country's energy resilience and accelerates economic development,” said Mark Carrato, coordinator for Power Africa.

    Increased access to energy supplies and improved economic development are critical components of the US government's broader assistance in Mozambique. Working closely with the Government of Mozambique, the US Government provides more than $500 million in annual assistance to help Mozambicans build a healthier, more democratic, safer, and more prosperous country for all.

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) leads the United States government's international development and disaster assistance through partnerships and investments that save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people out of humanitarian crises. For more information on USAID's work, visit www.usaid.gov.

    Power Africa is a US government-led partnership that harnesses the collective resources of more than 170 public and private sector partners to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2013, projects supported by Power Africa have added more than 13,000 MW of cleaner, more reliable electricity and more than 29 million new electrical connections for homes and businesses. Power Africa's goal is to add at least 30,000 MW and 60 million connections by 2030. To learn more about Power Africa's work, visit www.usaid.gov/powerafrica.

    The US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) partners with the private sector to finance solutions to the most critical challenges facing the developing world today. We invest in sectors including energy, healthcare, critical infrastructure and technology. DFC also provides financing for small businesses and women entrepreneurs to create jobs in emerging markets. DFC investments adhere to high standards and respect the environment, human rights and workers' rights. For more information, visit www.dfc.gov.

  •  At least 30 people were killed and 80 wounded in a suicide attack on a Shiite mosque on Friday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar as rescuers frantically pulled the dead and wounded from the scene A witness saw the attacker enter the mosque before Friday prayers and open shots with a pistol selecting worshipers one by one He then blew himself up Ali Asghar said The attack comes on the first day of a test cricket match in Rawalpindi some 190 kilometers 120 miles to the east between Pakistan and Australia who have not toured the country in nearly a quarter century due to security concerns Muhammad Ali Saif a spokesman for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government told AFP that more than 30 were killed and some 80 wounded in the blast near Kocha Risaldar in Peshawar a similar distance west of the capital Islamabad It was a suicide attack he said An AFP reporter saw body parts strewn at the scene where desperate relatives were being held by police The blast blew out the windows of nearby buildings I saw a man shoot two police officers before entering the mosque Seconds later I heard a big bang said witness Zahid Khan Police fired Peshawar Police Chief Muhammad Ijaz Khan told AFP the death toll could be higher than 30 and that two attackers were involved He said two policemen were shot at the entrance to the mosque One police officer died at the scene while the other was seriously injured he said Muhammad Asim Khan spokesman for Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar said We have declared an emergency at the hospitals and they are bringing in more casualties A spokesman for Prime Minister Imran Khan s office said he strongly condemned the attack No group immediately claimed responsibility for the apparent suicide bombing Peshawar just 50 kilometers from the porous border with Afghanistan was a frequent target of militants in the early 2010s but security has improved a lot in recent years Pakistan s Sunni majority has recently been fighting the resurgence of its national chapter of the Taliban Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan TTP A month long truce last year fell through and there are fears the TTP which has attacked Shiite Muslims in the past has been emboldened by the Afghan Taliban s success Shiites in the region have also been targeted by the regional iteration of the Islamic State group Islamic State Khorasan ISK At least 31 people were killed in a suicide bombing in a crowded market in Peshawar in 2018 At least 88 people were killed and hundreds more injured a year earlier when a suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd of worshipers at a revered Sufi shrine in the southern province of Sindh Source Credit TheGuardian
    At least 30 dead in suicide attack on Pakistan shiite mosque
     At least 30 people were killed and 80 wounded in a suicide attack on a Shiite mosque on Friday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar as rescuers frantically pulled the dead and wounded from the scene A witness saw the attacker enter the mosque before Friday prayers and open shots with a pistol selecting worshipers one by one He then blew himself up Ali Asghar said The attack comes on the first day of a test cricket match in Rawalpindi some 190 kilometers 120 miles to the east between Pakistan and Australia who have not toured the country in nearly a quarter century due to security concerns Muhammad Ali Saif a spokesman for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government told AFP that more than 30 were killed and some 80 wounded in the blast near Kocha Risaldar in Peshawar a similar distance west of the capital Islamabad It was a suicide attack he said An AFP reporter saw body parts strewn at the scene where desperate relatives were being held by police The blast blew out the windows of nearby buildings I saw a man shoot two police officers before entering the mosque Seconds later I heard a big bang said witness Zahid Khan Police fired Peshawar Police Chief Muhammad Ijaz Khan told AFP the death toll could be higher than 30 and that two attackers were involved He said two policemen were shot at the entrance to the mosque One police officer died at the scene while the other was seriously injured he said Muhammad Asim Khan spokesman for Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar said We have declared an emergency at the hospitals and they are bringing in more casualties A spokesman for Prime Minister Imran Khan s office said he strongly condemned the attack No group immediately claimed responsibility for the apparent suicide bombing Peshawar just 50 kilometers from the porous border with Afghanistan was a frequent target of militants in the early 2010s but security has improved a lot in recent years Pakistan s Sunni majority has recently been fighting the resurgence of its national chapter of the Taliban Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan TTP A month long truce last year fell through and there are fears the TTP which has attacked Shiite Muslims in the past has been emboldened by the Afghan Taliban s success Shiites in the region have also been targeted by the regional iteration of the Islamic State group Islamic State Khorasan ISK At least 31 people were killed in a suicide bombing in a crowded market in Peshawar in 2018 At least 88 people were killed and hundreds more injured a year earlier when a suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd of worshipers at a revered Sufi shrine in the southern province of Sindh Source Credit TheGuardian
    At least 30 dead in suicide attack on Pakistan shiite mosque
    Foreign9 months ago

    At least 30 dead in suicide attack on Pakistan shiite mosque

    At least 30 people were killed and 80 wounded in a suicide attack on a Shiite mosque on Friday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, as rescuers frantically pulled the dead and wounded from the scene.

    A witness saw the attacker enter the mosque before Friday prayers and open "shots with a pistol", selecting worshipers "one by one".

    He "then blew himself up," Ali Asghar said.

    The attack comes on the first day of a test cricket match in Rawalpindi, some 190 kilometers (120 miles) to the east, between Pakistan and Australia, who have not toured the country in nearly a quarter century due to security concerns. .

    Muhammad Ali Saif, a spokesman for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government, told AFP that "more than 30" were killed and some 80 wounded in the blast near Kocha Risaldar in Peshawar, a similar distance west of the capital Islamabad.

    "It was a suicide attack," he said.

    An AFP reporter saw body parts strewn at the scene, where desperate relatives were being held by police. The blast blew out the windows of nearby buildings.

    “I saw a man shoot two police officers before entering the mosque. Seconds later I heard a big bang," said witness Zahid Khan.

    – Police fired –
    Peshawar Police Chief Muhammad Ijaz Khan told AFP the death toll could be higher than 30 and that two attackers were involved.

    He said two policemen were shot at the entrance to the mosque.

    "One police officer died at the scene while the other was seriously injured," he said.

    Muhammad Asim Khan, spokesman for Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, said: "We have declared an emergency at the hospitals and they are bringing in more casualties."

    A spokesman for Prime Minister Imran Khan's office said he "strongly condemned" the attack.

    No group immediately claimed responsibility for the apparent suicide bombing.

    Peshawar, just 50 kilometers from the porous border with Afghanistan, was a frequent target of militants in the early 2010s, but security has improved a lot in recent years.

    Pakistan's Sunni majority has recently been fighting the resurgence of its national chapter of the Taliban, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

    A month-long truce last year fell through and there are fears the TTP, which has attacked Shiite Muslims in the past, has been emboldened by the Afghan Taliban's success.

    Shiites in the region have also been targeted by the regional iteration of the Islamic State group, Islamic State Khorasan (ISK).

    At least 31 people were killed in a suicide bombing in a crowded market in Peshawar in 2018.

    At least 88 people were killed and hundreds more injured a year earlier when a suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd of worshipers at a revered Sufi shrine in the southern province of Sindh.

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

  •   A temporary but extendable ceasefire between Pakistan and Islamist militants fighting the country s security forces for decades came into force on Tuesday for one month raising hopes for a peace deal The Pakistani Taliban or Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan TTP an umbrella organisation for more than a dozen Islamist militant groups said late Monday they would observe the ceasefire and continue negotiating peace The statement by the militants came hours after Pakistan s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced that the ceasefire had been agreed with the Taliban The Pakistani Taliban followed the same hard line interpretation of Sunni Islam as their Afghan counterpart which swept to power in Afghanistan in August but they have a different organisational setup Around 80 000 Pakistani civilians and security forces have been killed in suicide bombings bomb assaults and gun attacks by the Taliban over almost two decades of violence The truce was agreed after a series of preliminary talks between Pakistani officials and the Pakistani Taliban that were held in neighbouring Afghanistan both sides said The talks were being facilitated by Afghan interim interior minister Sirajuddin Haqqani who is head of the notorious Afghan Taliban faction the Haqqani network a group thought to be close to the Pakistani spy agency The Pakistani Taliban has allegedly been operating from bases in Afghanistan since it was pushed back from strongholds in Pakistan in a series of military offensives from 2014 The group was thought to be under the influence of the Haqqani network which was allegedly based in Pakistan for decades after the previous Taliban government in Afghanistan was overthrown in 2001 dpa NAN
    Peace Talk: Pakistan, militants begin ceasefire
      A temporary but extendable ceasefire between Pakistan and Islamist militants fighting the country s security forces for decades came into force on Tuesday for one month raising hopes for a peace deal The Pakistani Taliban or Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan TTP an umbrella organisation for more than a dozen Islamist militant groups said late Monday they would observe the ceasefire and continue negotiating peace The statement by the militants came hours after Pakistan s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced that the ceasefire had been agreed with the Taliban The Pakistani Taliban followed the same hard line interpretation of Sunni Islam as their Afghan counterpart which swept to power in Afghanistan in August but they have a different organisational setup Around 80 000 Pakistani civilians and security forces have been killed in suicide bombings bomb assaults and gun attacks by the Taliban over almost two decades of violence The truce was agreed after a series of preliminary talks between Pakistani officials and the Pakistani Taliban that were held in neighbouring Afghanistan both sides said The talks were being facilitated by Afghan interim interior minister Sirajuddin Haqqani who is head of the notorious Afghan Taliban faction the Haqqani network a group thought to be close to the Pakistani spy agency The Pakistani Taliban has allegedly been operating from bases in Afghanistan since it was pushed back from strongholds in Pakistan in a series of military offensives from 2014 The group was thought to be under the influence of the Haqqani network which was allegedly based in Pakistan for decades after the previous Taliban government in Afghanistan was overthrown in 2001 dpa NAN
    Peace Talk: Pakistan, militants begin ceasefire
    Headlines1 year ago

    Peace Talk: Pakistan, militants begin ceasefire

    A temporary but extendable ceasefire between Pakistan and Islamist militants fighting the country’s security forces for decades came into force on Tuesday for one month, raising hopes for a peace deal.

    The Pakistani Taliban or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, TTP, an umbrella organisation for more than a dozen Islamist militant groups, said late Monday they would observe the ceasefire and continue negotiating peace.

    The statement by the militants came hours after Pakistan’s Information Minister, Fawad Chaudhry, announced that the ceasefire had been agreed with the Taliban.

    The Pakistani Taliban followed the same hard line interpretation of Sunni Islam as their Afghan counterpart, which swept to power in Afghanistan in August, but they have a different organisational setup.

    Around 80,000 Pakistani civilians and security forces have been killed in suicide bombings, bomb assaults and gun attacks by the Taliban over almost two decades of violence.

    The truce was agreed after a series of preliminary talks between Pakistani officials and the Pakistani Taliban that were held in neighbouring Afghanistan, both sides said.

    The talks were being facilitated by Afghan interim interior minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is head of the notorious Afghan Taliban faction the Haqqani network, a group thought to be close to the Pakistani spy agency.

    The Pakistani Taliban has allegedly been operating from bases in Afghanistan since it was pushed back from strongholds in Pakistan in a series of military offensives from 2014.

    The group was thought to be under the influence of the Haqqani network, which was allegedly based in Pakistan for decades after the previous Taliban government in Afghanistan, was overthrown in 2001.

    dpa/NAN

  •   Mr Mohammed Bello Koko acting director general of the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA said the two Lagos seaports located at Lekki and Tin Can Island were operating well beyond their installed capacities What that just means is that if they were built to handle 500 000 twenty foot equivalent units TEUs for example they are probably now handling around 700 000 TEUs he told the journalists Sunday in Lagos He said the situation had resulted in aggravated massive congestion which the city had caught up with with the ports There is no space to expand the ports What we need to do is improve the activities in the ports in terms of efficiency In 2006 when the NPA licensed the terminals there was a development plan between the NPA and the terminal operators and that development plan included both physical development and equipment deployment Terminal operators have lived up to these agreements and everything has changed but you need bigger and more efficient equipment better IT systems and so on We have seen an improvement in terms of efficiency there is an increase in efficiency But there is room for more We observed system downtime at one or two of the terminals specifically the APM terminals which is one of the terminals Every time the APM Terminal system goes down it causes a lot of backlog in terms of traffic What we ve done is sit down with the terminal operators and tell them they need to improve their operations we have a supervisory and regulatory department at the NPA which has an index that on a monthly basis we review and score trades We also sit down with them at the end of the quarter to discuss their performance we look at where they did well and where they are lagging behind We also stressed the need for a better synergy between what terminal operators and shipping companies do as some of them also have affiliated shipping companies working with them To improve port operations we have developed a policy that establishes storage bays for empty containers and we have mandated all shipping lines to ensure they have a storage bay outside of the port port premises for their voids This is to ensure that importers when they remove their cargo from the port to unload it at their business premises or warehouse do not bring the empty container into the port Such containers should instead be brought into the waiting bay Second we have demanded that for every vessel that enters Nigeria when it leaves it must carry at least 80 of the containers it has imported either empty or as export cargo because Nigeria was already being transformed in a landfill for empty containers To a large extent it worked because those empty containers were taken out But we make sure that is monitored and that the efficiency has increased he said He also spoke about the electronic call system also called Eto the policy deployed to control congestion in ports I visited the main truck fleet itself located at the Lilly Pond terminal in Ijora to see what is going on I went around and went to the ports The idea was for me to understand firsthand what the problem is I met Truck Transit Park TTP the company that deployed the Eto system platform on behalf of the NPA and we analyzed what happened from February to May We observed failures one of which was the non deployment of the electronic call system the computer information technology system which should have been in place in some places in the satellite truck fleets We also looked at the non deployment of physical infrastructure such as kiosks automated doors and we gave them an ultimatum to deploy the infrastructure or lose contracts Eto s essence was actually to streamline the movement of goods in and out of ports to reduce human interference and to speed up the process of delivering goods As long as there is human interference there will be delays there will be extortion etc What we need to do is work on human interference Eto ticket theft etc Very often we have situations where a truck driver is along the road and he has his Eto ticket and at the next bus stop a security guard stops him to tell him to let me see your Eto ticket and the number Eto ticket number is 123456 The driver is probably so many kilometers away that number could be given to someone who could walk into a certain building around Apapa and probably in 15 20 minutes get a printed plate number that could be used to access the port Shortly after the real owner of the number now shows up and their ticket has been used and that is why we have now requested that TTP change this to a QR code when you have a QR code we can scan it and you will pass he said Source NAN
    Nigeria’s seaports operating far above installed capacity – NPA MD
      Mr Mohammed Bello Koko acting director general of the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA said the two Lagos seaports located at Lekki and Tin Can Island were operating well beyond their installed capacities What that just means is that if they were built to handle 500 000 twenty foot equivalent units TEUs for example they are probably now handling around 700 000 TEUs he told the journalists Sunday in Lagos He said the situation had resulted in aggravated massive congestion which the city had caught up with with the ports There is no space to expand the ports What we need to do is improve the activities in the ports in terms of efficiency In 2006 when the NPA licensed the terminals there was a development plan between the NPA and the terminal operators and that development plan included both physical development and equipment deployment Terminal operators have lived up to these agreements and everything has changed but you need bigger and more efficient equipment better IT systems and so on We have seen an improvement in terms of efficiency there is an increase in efficiency But there is room for more We observed system downtime at one or two of the terminals specifically the APM terminals which is one of the terminals Every time the APM Terminal system goes down it causes a lot of backlog in terms of traffic What we ve done is sit down with the terminal operators and tell them they need to improve their operations we have a supervisory and regulatory department at the NPA which has an index that on a monthly basis we review and score trades We also sit down with them at the end of the quarter to discuss their performance we look at where they did well and where they are lagging behind We also stressed the need for a better synergy between what terminal operators and shipping companies do as some of them also have affiliated shipping companies working with them To improve port operations we have developed a policy that establishes storage bays for empty containers and we have mandated all shipping lines to ensure they have a storage bay outside of the port port premises for their voids This is to ensure that importers when they remove their cargo from the port to unload it at their business premises or warehouse do not bring the empty container into the port Such containers should instead be brought into the waiting bay Second we have demanded that for every vessel that enters Nigeria when it leaves it must carry at least 80 of the containers it has imported either empty or as export cargo because Nigeria was already being transformed in a landfill for empty containers To a large extent it worked because those empty containers were taken out But we make sure that is monitored and that the efficiency has increased he said He also spoke about the electronic call system also called Eto the policy deployed to control congestion in ports I visited the main truck fleet itself located at the Lilly Pond terminal in Ijora to see what is going on I went around and went to the ports The idea was for me to understand firsthand what the problem is I met Truck Transit Park TTP the company that deployed the Eto system platform on behalf of the NPA and we analyzed what happened from February to May We observed failures one of which was the non deployment of the electronic call system the computer information technology system which should have been in place in some places in the satellite truck fleets We also looked at the non deployment of physical infrastructure such as kiosks automated doors and we gave them an ultimatum to deploy the infrastructure or lose contracts Eto s essence was actually to streamline the movement of goods in and out of ports to reduce human interference and to speed up the process of delivering goods As long as there is human interference there will be delays there will be extortion etc What we need to do is work on human interference Eto ticket theft etc Very often we have situations where a truck driver is along the road and he has his Eto ticket and at the next bus stop a security guard stops him to tell him to let me see your Eto ticket and the number Eto ticket number is 123456 The driver is probably so many kilometers away that number could be given to someone who could walk into a certain building around Apapa and probably in 15 20 minutes get a printed plate number that could be used to access the port Shortly after the real owner of the number now shows up and their ticket has been used and that is why we have now requested that TTP change this to a QR code when you have a QR code we can scan it and you will pass he said Source NAN
    Nigeria’s seaports operating far above installed capacity – NPA MD
    General news1 year ago

    Nigeria’s seaports operating far above installed capacity – NPA MD

    Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko, acting director general of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), said the two Lagos seaports located at Lekki and Tin Can Island were operating "well beyond their installed capacities".

    “What that just means is that if they were built to handle 500,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), for example, they are probably now handling around 700,000 TEUs,” he told the journalists Sunday in Lagos.

    He said the situation had resulted in aggravated massive congestion which the city had caught up with with the ports.

    “There is no space to expand the ports. What we need to do is improve the activities in the ports, in terms of efficiency.

    “In 2006, when the NPA licensed the terminals, there was a development plan between the NPA and the terminal operators and that development plan included both physical development and equipment deployment.

    “Terminal operators have lived up to these agreements and everything has changed, but you need bigger and more efficient equipment, better IT systems, and so on.

    “We have seen an improvement in terms of efficiency; there is an increase in efficiency. But there is room for more. We observed system downtime at one or two of the terminals, specifically the APM terminals, which is one of the terminals.

    “Every time the APM Terminal system goes down, it causes a lot of backlog in terms of traffic.

    “What we've done is sit down with the terminal operators and tell them they need to improve their operations; we have a supervisory and regulatory department at the NPA, which has an index that on a monthly basis we review and score trades.

    “We also sit down with them at the end of the quarter to discuss their performance; we look at where they did well and where they are lagging behind.

    “We also stressed the need for a better synergy between what terminal operators and shipping companies do, as some of them also have affiliated shipping companies working with them.

    “To improve port operations, we have developed a policy that establishes storage bays for empty containers and we have mandated all shipping lines to ensure they have a storage bay outside of the port. port premises for their voids.

    “This is to ensure that importers, when they remove their cargo from the port to unload it at their business premises or warehouse, do not bring the empty container into the port.

    “Such containers should instead be brought into the waiting bay.

    “Second, we have demanded that for every vessel that enters Nigeria, when it leaves, it must carry at least 80% of the containers it has imported, either empty or as export cargo, because Nigeria was already being transformed. in a landfill for empty containers.

    “To a large extent it worked because those empty containers were taken out. But we make sure that is monitored and that the efficiency has increased, ”he said.

    He also spoke about the electronic call system, also called “Eto”, the policy deployed to control congestion in ports.

    “I visited the main truck fleet itself, located at the Lilly Pond terminal in Ijora, to see what is going on. I went around and went to the ports. The idea was for me to understand firsthand what the problem is.

    “I met Truck Transit Park (TTP), the company that deployed the 'Eto' system platform on behalf of the NPA, and we analyzed what happened from February to May.

    “We observed failures one of which was the non-deployment of the electronic call system - the computer information technology system - which should have been in place in some places in the satellite truck fleets.

    “We also looked at the non-deployment of physical infrastructure such as kiosks, automated doors, and we gave them an ultimatum to deploy the infrastructure or lose contracts.

    “Eto's essence was actually to streamline the movement of goods in and out of ports, to reduce human interference and to speed up the process of delivering goods.

    “As long as there is human interference, there will be delays, there will be extortion, etc. What we need to do is work on human interference, Eto ticket theft, etc.

    “Very often we have situations where a truck driver is along the road and he has his Eto ticket and at the next bus stop a security guard stops him to tell him to let me see your Eto ticket and the number. Eto ticket number is 123456.

    “The driver is probably so many kilometers away; that number could be given to someone who could walk into a certain building around Apapa and, probably in 15-20 minutes, get a printed plate number that could be used to access the port.

    “Shortly after, the real owner of the number now shows up and their ticket has been used and that is why we have now requested that TTP change this to a QR code; when you have a QR code, we can scan it and you will pass, ”he said.

    Source: NAN

  •  The Nigerian Shippers Council NSC says plansare ongoing to establish a Truck Transit Park TTP in FCT to provide short term resting place for truck drivers on long distant travels The Executive Secretary NSC Mr Hassan Bello made this known while inspecting the proposed site for the park in Abaji FCT on Wednesday Bello said the inspection was for the council to look at the appropriate site for the project in order to woo private investors to construct the important edifice He said that the development of the TTP would provide short term resting place for truck drivers on long distance travels and reduce loss to life and cargo caused by accidents arising from fatigue It is important because it is a modern infrastructure and the employment content in the park is very rich as it would provide jobs for three to five thousand people The park is a major area where we will have a gas station hotel and motel restaurants mechanic workshop fire station police post Automated Cargo Tracking System and other facilities During the short term breaks and also long term parking services truck drivers can get fuel food restrooms shower and basic supplies like oil and spare parts as well as servicing and repairs of haulage vehicles he said Bello said that the council was developing the parks so that the truck drivers could be humanised and dignified by having a place to rest as it was compulsory to rest after six hours drive He said the council was working with the Federal Road Safety Corp FRSC so thatparking along the road indiscriminately would be prohibited so as to senitise the environment and reduce havoc We want a decent place modern and economic place as a lot of things will be put up in the park and we could even have a housing estate industrial park and warehouses The transit park will not only be for trailers luxurious buses even mini buses and smaller cars can park and rest as there will be a lot of facilities to benefit from he said According to him TTP projects across the country are on a Public Private Partnership PPP in line with the Federal Government s policy direction to address infrastructure deficit in the country Bello said that the council had begun the project in Kaduna which would soon be commissioned According to him there is one in Ore Ondo Obollo Afor Enugu State and Lokoja among other places We need to have modern transport infrastructure to support our economy and aid timely delivery and eliminate delays he said Edited By Ese E Ekama NAN
    Nigerian Shippers’ Council set to develop truck Transit Park in FCT
     The Nigerian Shippers Council NSC says plansare ongoing to establish a Truck Transit Park TTP in FCT to provide short term resting place for truck drivers on long distant travels The Executive Secretary NSC Mr Hassan Bello made this known while inspecting the proposed site for the park in Abaji FCT on Wednesday Bello said the inspection was for the council to look at the appropriate site for the project in order to woo private investors to construct the important edifice He said that the development of the TTP would provide short term resting place for truck drivers on long distance travels and reduce loss to life and cargo caused by accidents arising from fatigue It is important because it is a modern infrastructure and the employment content in the park is very rich as it would provide jobs for three to five thousand people The park is a major area where we will have a gas station hotel and motel restaurants mechanic workshop fire station police post Automated Cargo Tracking System and other facilities During the short term breaks and also long term parking services truck drivers can get fuel food restrooms shower and basic supplies like oil and spare parts as well as servicing and repairs of haulage vehicles he said Bello said that the council was developing the parks so that the truck drivers could be humanised and dignified by having a place to rest as it was compulsory to rest after six hours drive He said the council was working with the Federal Road Safety Corp FRSC so thatparking along the road indiscriminately would be prohibited so as to senitise the environment and reduce havoc We want a decent place modern and economic place as a lot of things will be put up in the park and we could even have a housing estate industrial park and warehouses The transit park will not only be for trailers luxurious buses even mini buses and smaller cars can park and rest as there will be a lot of facilities to benefit from he said According to him TTP projects across the country are on a Public Private Partnership PPP in line with the Federal Government s policy direction to address infrastructure deficit in the country Bello said that the council had begun the project in Kaduna which would soon be commissioned According to him there is one in Ore Ondo Obollo Afor Enugu State and Lokoja among other places We need to have modern transport infrastructure to support our economy and aid timely delivery and eliminate delays he said Edited By Ese E Ekama NAN
    Nigerian Shippers’ Council set to develop truck Transit Park in FCT
    Economy3 years ago

    Nigerian Shippers’ Council set to develop truck Transit Park in FCT

    The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), says plansare ongoing to establish a Truck Transit Park (TTP) in FCT to provide short term resting place for truck drivers on long distant travels.

    The Executive Secretary, NSC Mr Hassan Bello, made this known while inspecting the proposed site for the park in Abaji, FCT on Wednesday.

    Bello said the inspection was for the council to look at the appropriate site for the project in order to woo private investors to construct the important edifice.

    He said that the development of the TTP would provide short-term resting place for truck drivers on long distance travels and reduce loss to life and cargo caused by accidents arising from fatigue.

    “It is important because it is a modern infrastructure and the employment content in the park is very rich as it would provide jobs for three to five thousand people.

    “The park is a major area where we will have a gas station, hotel and motel, restaurants, mechanic workshop, fire station, police post, Automated Cargo Tracking System and other facilities.

    “During the short-term breaks and also long-term parking services, truck drivers can get fuel, food, restrooms, shower and basic supplies like oil and spare parts as well as servicing and repairs of haulage vehicles,’’ he said.

    Bello said that the council was developing the parks so that the truck drivers could be humanised and dignified by having a place to rest as it was compulsory to rest after six hours drive.

    He said the council was working with the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) so thatparking along the road indiscriminately would be prohibited so as to senitise the environment and reduce havoc.

    “We want a decent place, modern and economic place as a lot of things will be put up in the park, and we could even have a housing estate, industrial park and warehouses.

    “The transit park will not only be for trailers, luxurious buses, even mini buses and smaller cars can park and rest as there will be a lot of facilities to benefit from,’’ he said.

    According to him, TTP projects across the country are on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) in line with the Federal Government’s policy direction to address infrastructure deficit in the country.

    Bello said that the council had begun the project in Kaduna which would soon be commissioned.

    According to him, there is one in Ore, Ondo, Obollo-Afor, Enugu State, and Lokoja among other places.

    “We need to have modern transport infrastructure to support our economy and aid timely delivery and eliminate delays,’’ he said.


    Edited By: Ese E. Ekama
    (NAN)

     

  •  The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC says a total 1 086 road crashes involving tankers and trailers were recorded across the country in 2019 The Corp Marshal Mr Boboye Oyeyemi made the disclosure while presenting a paper titled Improving Road Safety in Haulage Operations Through Truck Transit Scheme TTC on Thursday in Kaduna News Agency Of Nigeria report that the corps marshal spoke at a sensitisation programme on trucks transit parks organised by the FRSC and Nigerian Shippers Council with the theme Truck Transit Park A Panacea for Crash free Haulage operations in Nigeria The corps marshal who was represented by ACM Victor Nwokolo said 722 trailers and 361 tankers were involved in the accidents during the period in which 362 people were killed and 1 282 injured Oyeyemi noted that truck traffic remained a dangerous phenomenon that required urgent and immediate multi faceted approaches from policy technology and investment perspectives to curtail He explained that the purpose of TTS truck transit scheme is to promote road safety and security of cargoes and haulage vehicles while on transit The corps marshal added that it was also to reduce pilferage and theft of cargoes delays and deviation into another territory He identified some of the challenges in truck transit park management to include prevalent operational setbacks on enforcement Non adherence to the mandatory operational rest hours by truck transit drivers in the country and non review of existing road freight regulations in the country towards improving truck transit parks across the country Oyeyemi said Nigeria has lost billions of naira from truck crashes resulting from drivers fatigue indiscriminate parking along major corridors and other unwholesome practices carried out by the truck drivers The truck transit scheme is therefore apt at a time the country is feeling the negative effects such a loss has on our GDP To eradicate road traffic crashes involving truck drivers as a result of driving fatigue and other factors the construction of truck transit park along the major corridors is necessary Federal Road Safety Corps through its various policies and intervention programmes will continue to contribute to the full implementation of the scheme towards improving road safety in Nigeria Also the Executive Secretary Nigerian Shippers Council Mr Hassan Bello presented a paper titled Truck Transit Park A Panacea to Endemic Gridlock and Road Crashes in Nigeria Bello who was represented by the council s Director Inland Transport Service Mr Nathaniel Makinde said when transport systems are efficient they provide economic and social opportunities and benefits He said that such benefits result to positive multiplier effects such as better accessibility to markets employment and additional investments He however noted that a deficient transport system leads to lower economic gains missed opportunities and lowerquality of life Bello said the Shippers Council is promoting the development of TTP projects across the country on a Public Private Partnership in line with the Federal Government s policy to address the infrastructure deficit in the country The TTPs can also serve as a logistics chain in relation to the movement of cargo as a dispatch centre The TTPs is a common user facility with public authority status equipped with fixed installations and offering services for handling and temporary storage of cargoes carried under customs control for home use warehousing temporary admissions temporary storage for onward transit and cargo aggregation centers It is also hoped that dispatch of cargo can also take place from the TTP facilities he said Edited By Maharazu Ahmed
    1,083 road crashes involving trailers, tankers recorded in 2019 – FRSC 
     The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC says a total 1 086 road crashes involving tankers and trailers were recorded across the country in 2019 The Corp Marshal Mr Boboye Oyeyemi made the disclosure while presenting a paper titled Improving Road Safety in Haulage Operations Through Truck Transit Scheme TTC on Thursday in Kaduna News Agency Of Nigeria report that the corps marshal spoke at a sensitisation programme on trucks transit parks organised by the FRSC and Nigerian Shippers Council with the theme Truck Transit Park A Panacea for Crash free Haulage operations in Nigeria The corps marshal who was represented by ACM Victor Nwokolo said 722 trailers and 361 tankers were involved in the accidents during the period in which 362 people were killed and 1 282 injured Oyeyemi noted that truck traffic remained a dangerous phenomenon that required urgent and immediate multi faceted approaches from policy technology and investment perspectives to curtail He explained that the purpose of TTS truck transit scheme is to promote road safety and security of cargoes and haulage vehicles while on transit The corps marshal added that it was also to reduce pilferage and theft of cargoes delays and deviation into another territory He identified some of the challenges in truck transit park management to include prevalent operational setbacks on enforcement Non adherence to the mandatory operational rest hours by truck transit drivers in the country and non review of existing road freight regulations in the country towards improving truck transit parks across the country Oyeyemi said Nigeria has lost billions of naira from truck crashes resulting from drivers fatigue indiscriminate parking along major corridors and other unwholesome practices carried out by the truck drivers The truck transit scheme is therefore apt at a time the country is feeling the negative effects such a loss has on our GDP To eradicate road traffic crashes involving truck drivers as a result of driving fatigue and other factors the construction of truck transit park along the major corridors is necessary Federal Road Safety Corps through its various policies and intervention programmes will continue to contribute to the full implementation of the scheme towards improving road safety in Nigeria Also the Executive Secretary Nigerian Shippers Council Mr Hassan Bello presented a paper titled Truck Transit Park A Panacea to Endemic Gridlock and Road Crashes in Nigeria Bello who was represented by the council s Director Inland Transport Service Mr Nathaniel Makinde said when transport systems are efficient they provide economic and social opportunities and benefits He said that such benefits result to positive multiplier effects such as better accessibility to markets employment and additional investments He however noted that a deficient transport system leads to lower economic gains missed opportunities and lowerquality of life Bello said the Shippers Council is promoting the development of TTP projects across the country on a Public Private Partnership in line with the Federal Government s policy to address the infrastructure deficit in the country The TTPs can also serve as a logistics chain in relation to the movement of cargo as a dispatch centre The TTPs is a common user facility with public authority status equipped with fixed installations and offering services for handling and temporary storage of cargoes carried under customs control for home use warehousing temporary admissions temporary storage for onward transit and cargo aggregation centers It is also hoped that dispatch of cargo can also take place from the TTP facilities he said Edited By Maharazu Ahmed
    1,083 road crashes involving trailers, tankers recorded in 2019 – FRSC 
    General news3 years ago

    1,083 road crashes involving trailers, tankers recorded in 2019 – FRSC 

    The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says a total 1,086 road crashes involving tankers and trailers were recorded across the country in 2019.

    The Corp Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, made the disclosure while presenting a paper titled Improving Road Safety in Haulage Operations Through Truck Transit Scheme (TTC), on Thursday in Kaduna.

    News Agency Of Nigeria report that the corps marshal spoke at a sensitisation programme on trucks transit parks, organised by the FRSC and Nigerian Shippers Council, with the theme: ‘Truck Transit Park:A Panacea for Crash-free Haulage operations in Nigeria’.

    The corps marshal, who was represented by ACM Victor Nwokolo, said 722 trailers and 361 tankers were involved in the accidents during the period, in which 362 people were killed and 1, 282 injured.

    Oyeyemi noted that truck traffic remained a dangerous phenomenon that required urgent and immediate multi-faceted approaches from policy, technology and investment perspectives to curtail.

    He explained that the purpose of TTS truck transit scheme is to promote road safety and security of cargoes and haulage vehicles while on transit.

    The corps marshal added that it was also to reduce pilferage and theft of cargoes, delays and deviation into another territory.

    He identified some of the challenges in truck transit park management to include prevalent operational setbacks on enforcement.

    “Non adherence to the mandatory operational rest-hours by truck transit drivers in the country and non-review of existing road freight regulations in the country towards improving truck transit parks across the country.”

    Oyeyemi said Nigeria has lost billions of naira from truck crashes resulting from drivers fatigue, indiscriminate parking along major corridors and other unwholesome practices carried out by the truck drivers.

    “The truck transit scheme is therefore apt at a time the country is feeling the negative effects such a loss has on our GDP.

    “To eradicate road traffic crashes involving truck drivers as a result of driving fatigue and other factors, the construction of truck transit park along the major corridors is necessary.

    “Federal Road Safety Corps through its various policies and intervention programmes will continue to contribute to the full implementation of the scheme towards improving road safety in Nigeria.”

    Also, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council, Mr Hassan Bello, presented a paper titled Truck Transit Park: A Panacea to Endemic Gridlock and Road Crashes in Nigeria.

    Bello who was represented by the council’s Director Inland Transport Service, Mr Nathaniel Makinde. said when transport systems are efficient, they provide economic and social opportunities and benefits.

    He said that such benefits result to positive multiplier effects such as better accessibility to markets, employment and additional investments.

    He however noted that a deficient transport system leads to lower economic gains, missed opportunities and lower

    quality of life.

    Bello said the Shippers Council is promoting the development of TTP projects across the country on a Public-Private Partnership in line with the Federal Government’s policy to address the infrastructure deficit in the country.

    “The TTPs can also serve as a logistics chain in relation to the movement of cargo as a dispatch centre.

    “The TTPs is a common user facility with public authority status equipped with fixed installations and offering services for handling and temporary storage of cargoes carried under customs control for home use, warehousing, temporary admissions, temporary storage for onward transit and cargo aggregation centers.

    “It is also hoped that dispatch of cargo can also take place from the TTP facilities.” he said.


    Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed

  •  The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC in collaboration with the Nigeria Shippers Council NSC on Thursday commenced North West Truck Transit Park TTP sensitisation rally in Kaduna FRSC Corp Marshal Dr Oyeyemi Boboye said that the establishment of TTP scheme was key towards improving road safety and security of cargoes Statistics shows that the country has recorded several cases of road traffic crashes involving tankers and trailers from haulage business with causes ranging from driver s fatigue over speeding drinking while driving among others The collaboration with NSC in the flag off was to ensure safety in all aspects of haulage operations in Nigeria he said Boboye who was represented by ACM Victor Nwokolo added that the need for the sensitisation of stakeholders was to ensure usage of the TTPs whenever it is provided The MoU with NSC was also to sensitise the relevant agencies including private companies organisations and the government on the need to build transit parks to enable proper use of the it for safety haulage in Nigeria It would also help us set standards for truck drivers engage in public education and enlightenment generation of database that will enhance the establishment of TTP along major corridors Boboye said He added that the sensitisation would be sustained to other zones where in the next quarter it would be carried out in Enugu State for the South East zone The sensitisation would be a regular exercise until when we achieve the level of safety which is required in haulage operations including lectures on proper maintenance of their vehicles and their road worthiness Boboye said The Executive Secretary of NSC Hassan Bello said that the purpose of NSC collaborating with FRSC was as a result of the discovery of high rate of cargoes from sea ports who come on land engaging in crashes Bello who was represented by the Director of Inland Transport Services of NSC Mr Nathaniel Makinde also said that the collaboration would minimise issues of safety and security of cargoes on transit We signed an MoU with the FRSC in order for us to ensure enforcement of parking in proper places which would be the TTPs doing this would make us enhance our mandates as Federal Government agencies to ensure usage of the TTPs for safety of cargoes Bello said The theme of the rally is Truck Transit Park A Panacea for Crash Free Haulage Operations in Nigeria Edited By Fela Fashoro Ekemini Ladejobi
    FRSC, NSC commence North-West Truck sensitisation rally in Kaduna
     The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC in collaboration with the Nigeria Shippers Council NSC on Thursday commenced North West Truck Transit Park TTP sensitisation rally in Kaduna FRSC Corp Marshal Dr Oyeyemi Boboye said that the establishment of TTP scheme was key towards improving road safety and security of cargoes Statistics shows that the country has recorded several cases of road traffic crashes involving tankers and trailers from haulage business with causes ranging from driver s fatigue over speeding drinking while driving among others The collaboration with NSC in the flag off was to ensure safety in all aspects of haulage operations in Nigeria he said Boboye who was represented by ACM Victor Nwokolo added that the need for the sensitisation of stakeholders was to ensure usage of the TTPs whenever it is provided The MoU with NSC was also to sensitise the relevant agencies including private companies organisations and the government on the need to build transit parks to enable proper use of the it for safety haulage in Nigeria It would also help us set standards for truck drivers engage in public education and enlightenment generation of database that will enhance the establishment of TTP along major corridors Boboye said He added that the sensitisation would be sustained to other zones where in the next quarter it would be carried out in Enugu State for the South East zone The sensitisation would be a regular exercise until when we achieve the level of safety which is required in haulage operations including lectures on proper maintenance of their vehicles and their road worthiness Boboye said The Executive Secretary of NSC Hassan Bello said that the purpose of NSC collaborating with FRSC was as a result of the discovery of high rate of cargoes from sea ports who come on land engaging in crashes Bello who was represented by the Director of Inland Transport Services of NSC Mr Nathaniel Makinde also said that the collaboration would minimise issues of safety and security of cargoes on transit We signed an MoU with the FRSC in order for us to ensure enforcement of parking in proper places which would be the TTPs doing this would make us enhance our mandates as Federal Government agencies to ensure usage of the TTPs for safety of cargoes Bello said The theme of the rally is Truck Transit Park A Panacea for Crash Free Haulage Operations in Nigeria Edited By Fela Fashoro Ekemini Ladejobi
    FRSC, NSC commence North-West Truck sensitisation rally in Kaduna
    Defence/Security3 years ago

    FRSC, NSC commence North-West Truck sensitisation rally in Kaduna

    The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in collaboration with the Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC), on Thursday commenced North-West Truck Transit Park (TTP) sensitisation rally in Kaduna.

    FRSC Corp Marshal, Dr Oyeyemi Boboye, said that the establishment of TTP scheme was key towards improving road safety and security of cargoes.

    “Statistics shows that the country has recorded several cases of road traffic crashes involving tankers and trailers from haulage business with causes ranging from driver’s fatigue, over speeding, drinking while driving, among others.

    “The collaboration with NSC in the flag off was to ensure safety in all aspects of haulage operations in Nigeria,” he said.

    Boboye who was represented by ACM Victor Nwokolo, added that the need for the sensitisation of stakeholders was to ensure usage of the TTPs whenever it is provided.

    “The MoU with NSC was also to sensitise the relevant agencies including private companies, organisations and the government on the need to build transit parks to enable proper use of the it for safety haulage in Nigeria.

    “It would also help us set standards for truck drivers, engage in public education and enlightenment, generation of database that will enhance the establishment of TTP along major corridors, Boboye said.

    He added that the sensitisation would be sustained to other zones where in the next quarter it would be carried out in Enugu State for the South-East zone.

    “The sensitisation would be a regular exercise until when we achieve the level of safety which is required in haulage operations including lectures on proper maintenance of their vehicles and their road worthiness,” Boboye said.

    The Executive Secretary of NSC, Hassan Bello, said that the purpose of NSC collaborating with FRSC was as a result of the discovery of high rate of cargoes from sea ports who come on land engaging in crashes.

    Bello who was represented by the Director of Inland Transport Services of NSC, Mr Nathaniel Makinde, also said that the collaboration would minimise issues of safety and security of cargoes on transit.

    “We signed an MoU with the FRSC in order for us to ensure enforcement of parking in proper places which would be the TTPs, doing this would make us enhance our mandates as Federal Government agencies to ensure usage of the TTPs for safety of cargoes,” Bello said.

    The theme of the rally is:  “Truck Transit Park: A Panacea for Crash-Free Haulage Operations in Nigeria.”


    Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Ekemini Ladejobi

  •   Gunmen attacked a security forces training base in the restive Southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan on Tuesday setting off a gun battle in which at least four members of the security forces and four attackers were killed officials said The attackers apparently intended to hit a residential compound at a training centre of the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Loralai district but were challenged at the entrance according to a statement from Inter Services Public Relations the main military communications unit Four members of the security forces were killed and two wounded in an initial exchange of gunfire before the attackers were isolated in an adjacent compound Four gunmen including one who detonated a suicide vest were subsequently killed The valiant and timely action of security forces denied the terrorists entry into residential area which would have resulted in more casualties the ISPR statement said The attack in the early hours of Tuesday morning was the latest in Balochistan Pakistan s largest and poorest province which is at the centre of the strategic China Pakistan Economic Corridor CPEC infrastructure development project The Pakistani Taliban also known as Tehrik i Taliban Pakistan or TTP which is separate from the Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility Balochistan is rife with ethnic sectarian and separatist insurgencies and a number of militant groups including the TTP and the Balochistan Liberation Army operate in the province DCU Edited by Donald Ugwu NAN
    Gunmen attack security base in Pakistan’s Balochistan province
      Gunmen attacked a security forces training base in the restive Southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan on Tuesday setting off a gun battle in which at least four members of the security forces and four attackers were killed officials said The attackers apparently intended to hit a residential compound at a training centre of the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Loralai district but were challenged at the entrance according to a statement from Inter Services Public Relations the main military communications unit Four members of the security forces were killed and two wounded in an initial exchange of gunfire before the attackers were isolated in an adjacent compound Four gunmen including one who detonated a suicide vest were subsequently killed The valiant and timely action of security forces denied the terrorists entry into residential area which would have resulted in more casualties the ISPR statement said The attack in the early hours of Tuesday morning was the latest in Balochistan Pakistan s largest and poorest province which is at the centre of the strategic China Pakistan Economic Corridor CPEC infrastructure development project The Pakistani Taliban also known as Tehrik i Taliban Pakistan or TTP which is separate from the Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility Balochistan is rife with ethnic sectarian and separatist insurgencies and a number of militant groups including the TTP and the Balochistan Liberation Army operate in the province DCU Edited by Donald Ugwu NAN
    Gunmen attack security base in Pakistan’s Balochistan province
    Foreign4 years ago

    Gunmen attack security base in Pakistan’s Balochistan province

    Gunmen attacked a security forces’ training base in the restive Southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan on Tuesday, setting off a gun battle in which at least four members of the security forces and four attackers were killed, officials said.

     

    The attackers apparently intended to hit a residential compound at a training centre of the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Loralai district but were challenged at the entrance, according to a statement from Inter Services Public Relations, the main military communications unit.

     

    Four members of the security forces were killed and two wounded in an initial exchange of gunfire before the attackers were isolated in an adjacent compound.

     

    Four gunmen, including one who detonated a suicide vest, were subsequently killed.

     

    “The valiant and timely action of security forces denied the terrorists entry into residential area which would have resulted in more casualties,” the ISPR statement said.

     

    The attack, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, was the latest in Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest and poorest province which is at the centre of the strategic China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) infrastructure development project.

     

    The Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan or TTP, which is separate from the Afghan Taliban, claimed responsibility.

     

    Balochistan is rife with ethnic, sectarian and separatist insurgencies, and a number of militant groups, including the TTP and the Balochistan Liberation Army, operate in the province.

    DCU

    Edited by: Donald Ugwu
    (NAN)

     

  •  NAN F 9 Attack Islamabad Aug 9 2017 A suicide bomber killed four Pakistani soldiers in an attack in the troubled northwest near the border with Afghanistan the army said on Wednesday The attack is at least the second major attack since Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi came to power on Aug 1 Pakistan began a military offensive against fighters affiliated with the Islamic State group along the northern part of the border in July saying the region was fast becoming a safe haven for multiple terrorist organisations An army patrol was conducting a search operation in Upper Dir on Tuesday night near the Malakand region where the Pakistani Taliban had controlled large swaths of territory until a military operation in 2009 The military officials received information about the presence of terrorists in the area the military said in a statement They were conducting a search operation when one of the terrorists blew himself up The Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan TTP also known as the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a message sent to the media Our fighters attacked them when they were on the way and killed a major and other soldiers said TTP spokesman Mohammad Khurassani The Pakistani military said an officer and three soldiers were killed in the attack which drew immediate condemnation from Abbasi Each drop of blood of our heroes is a testament to the fact that we all are united as a nation to cleanse our beloved motherland from terrorist elements the prime minister s office said in a statement A security official who asked not to be identified told Reuters that security forces were drawn into a gun battle with two militants when one of the men blew himself up This area is infamous for its record of terrorist activities the official said Abbasi took office on Aug 1 after previous premier Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court over undeclared assets a ruling Sharif has decried as politically motivated but opposition leaders say was a victory for the rule of law A gpvernment official said 22 people were wounded in a bombing in the restive eastern city of Lahore on Tuesday although there was no claim of responsibility for that attack SH
    Suicide bomber kills 4 Pakistani soldiers in troubled northwest
     NAN F 9 Attack Islamabad Aug 9 2017 A suicide bomber killed four Pakistani soldiers in an attack in the troubled northwest near the border with Afghanistan the army said on Wednesday The attack is at least the second major attack since Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi came to power on Aug 1 Pakistan began a military offensive against fighters affiliated with the Islamic State group along the northern part of the border in July saying the region was fast becoming a safe haven for multiple terrorist organisations An army patrol was conducting a search operation in Upper Dir on Tuesday night near the Malakand region where the Pakistani Taliban had controlled large swaths of territory until a military operation in 2009 The military officials received information about the presence of terrorists in the area the military said in a statement They were conducting a search operation when one of the terrorists blew himself up The Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan TTP also known as the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a message sent to the media Our fighters attacked them when they were on the way and killed a major and other soldiers said TTP spokesman Mohammad Khurassani The Pakistani military said an officer and three soldiers were killed in the attack which drew immediate condemnation from Abbasi Each drop of blood of our heroes is a testament to the fact that we all are united as a nation to cleanse our beloved motherland from terrorist elements the prime minister s office said in a statement A security official who asked not to be identified told Reuters that security forces were drawn into a gun battle with two militants when one of the men blew himself up This area is infamous for its record of terrorist activities the official said Abbasi took office on Aug 1 after previous premier Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court over undeclared assets a ruling Sharif has decried as politically motivated but opposition leaders say was a victory for the rule of law A gpvernment official said 22 people were wounded in a bombing in the restive eastern city of Lahore on Tuesday although there was no claim of responsibility for that attack SH
    Suicide bomber kills 4 Pakistani soldiers in troubled northwest
    Foreign5 years ago

    Suicide bomber kills 4 Pakistani soldiers in troubled northwest

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    Attack

    Islamabad, Aug. 9, 2017 A suicide bomber killed four Pakistani soldiers in an attack in the troubled northwest near the border with Afghanistan, the army said on Wednesday.

    The attack is at least the second major attack since Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi came to power on Aug. 1.

    Pakistan began a military offensive against fighters affiliated with the Islamic State group along the northern part of the border in July, saying the region was fast becoming a safe haven for multiple terrorist organisations.

    An army patrol was conducting a search operation in Upper Dir on Tuesday night, near the Malakand region where the Pakistani Taliban had controlled large swaths of territory until a military operation in 2009.

    ‎”The military officials received information about the presence of terrorists in the area,” the military said in a statement.

    They were conducting a search operation “when one of the terrorists blew himself up”.

    The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also known as the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack in a message sent to the media.

    “Our fighters attacked them when they were on the way and killed a major and other soldiers,” said TTP spokesman Mohammad Khurassani.

    The Pakistani military said an officer and three soldiers were killed in the attack, which drew immediate condemnation from Abbasi.

    “Each drop of blood of our heroes is a testament to the fact that we all are united as a nation to cleanse our beloved motherland from terrorist elements,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement.

    A security official who asked not to be identified told Reuters that security forces were drawn into a gun battle with two militants when one of the men blew himself up.

    “This area is infamous for its record of terrorist activities,” the official said.

    Abbasi took office on Aug. 1 after previous premier Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court over undeclared assets, a ruling Sharif has decried as politically motivated but opposition leaders say was a victory for the rule of law.

    A gpvernment official said 22 people were wounded in a bombing in the restive eastern city of Lahore on Tuesday, although there was no claim of responsibility for that attack.

    SH

  •  Pakistan on Wednesday executed four terrorists involved in killing civilians and attacking the army and law enforcement agencies All four terrorists were active members of the Islamist Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan TTP and tried by the military courts the military s media wing ISPR said in a statement The army said the executions took place on Wednesday morning Pakistan had lifted a moratorium on the death penalty and set up military courts following a particularly bloody terrorist attack on an army school in northern Peshawar city in December 2014 that killed over 140 people mostly children A substantial rise in executions was witnessed after the decision In 2015 the state executed 367 people putting Pakistan together with China and Iran among the top three executioners in the world However in 2016 state executions dropped by 73 per cent rights group Amnesty International said in a report released in April Experts say this also had to do with international protests This year according to a member of rights group Justice Project Pakistan Muhammd Shoaib said so far 25 people were hanged Up to 8200 people are still on death row he added The establishment of military courts is part of the 20 point National Action Plan the government devised to combat terrorism after the Peshawar attack Their mandate was recently extended for another two years although their decisions have been criticised as in transparent and with little impact on deterring terrorists The decision came after a new wave of attacks by Islamist groups starting in February after two relatively peaceful years for the terror stricken state Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Sadiya Hamza NAN
    Pakistan executes 4 Taliban members
     Pakistan on Wednesday executed four terrorists involved in killing civilians and attacking the army and law enforcement agencies All four terrorists were active members of the Islamist Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan TTP and tried by the military courts the military s media wing ISPR said in a statement The army said the executions took place on Wednesday morning Pakistan had lifted a moratorium on the death penalty and set up military courts following a particularly bloody terrorist attack on an army school in northern Peshawar city in December 2014 that killed over 140 people mostly children A substantial rise in executions was witnessed after the decision In 2015 the state executed 367 people putting Pakistan together with China and Iran among the top three executioners in the world However in 2016 state executions dropped by 73 per cent rights group Amnesty International said in a report released in April Experts say this also had to do with international protests This year according to a member of rights group Justice Project Pakistan Muhammd Shoaib said so far 25 people were hanged Up to 8200 people are still on death row he added The establishment of military courts is part of the 20 point National Action Plan the government devised to combat terrorism after the Peshawar attack Their mandate was recently extended for another two years although their decisions have been criticised as in transparent and with little impact on deterring terrorists The decision came after a new wave of attacks by Islamist groups starting in February after two relatively peaceful years for the terror stricken state Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Sadiya Hamza NAN
    Pakistan executes 4 Taliban members
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    Pakistan executes 4 Taliban members

    Pakistan on Wednesday executed four terrorists involved in killing civilians and attacking the army and law enforcement agencies.

    “All four terrorists were active members of the Islamist Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and tried by the military courts,’’ the military’s media wing ISPR said in a statement.

    The army said the executions took place on Wednesday morning.

    Pakistan had lifted a moratorium on the death penalty and set up military courts following a particularly bloody terrorist attack on an army school in northern Peshawar city in December 2014 that killed over 140 people, mostly children.

    A substantial rise in executions was witnessed after the decision.

    In 2015, the state executed 367 people, putting Pakistan together with China and Iran among the top three executioners in the world.

    However, in 2016, state executions dropped by 73 per cent, rights group Amnesty International said in a report released in April.

    Experts say this also had to do with international protests.

    This year, according to a member of rights group Justice Project Pakistan, Muhammd Shoaib, said so far 25 people were hanged.

    “Up to 8200 people are still on death row,’’ he added.

    The establishment of military courts is part of the 20-point National Action Plan the government devised to combat terrorism after the Peshawar attack.

    Their mandate was recently extended for another two years, although their decisions have been criticised as in transparent and with little impact on deterring terrorists.

    The decision came after a new wave of attacks by Islamist groups starting in February, after two relatively peaceful years for the terror-stricken state.

    Edited by: Abiodun Oluleye/Sadiya Hamza
    (NAN)

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