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Uduaghan settles NPA/Rivers pilots’ rift

By Emma Amaize
WARRI—THE industrial dispute between the Niger-Delta River Pilots Association in Delta State and the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Warri over piloting of vessels in the waterways of the state by indigenous pilots has been amicably resolved between the two sides by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State .

In a letter of notification of the resolution of the issue addressed to Governor Uduaghan, and signed by association’s Managing Director, Captain Charles Tobi, the association commended him for his intervention, which contributed immensely to the amicable settlement.

The local pilots and the NPA, Warri fell out some years ago over the piloting of vessels from Escravos Bar to Benneth Island and from Escravos Bar to Koko, leading to the intervention of the Delta State government, Nigerian Navy and other bodies in order to resolve the matter.

Vanguard learnt, however, that part of the resolutions is that though, the NPA did not have money to pay for the services of the pilots, and they should continue pending when it would be able to pay compensation.

It was also agreed that a roster of the local pilots of Escravos be compiled by the body and sent to the NPA harbour master at Warri for verification of persons going on board vessels at any time, while local pilots should always put on their official uniform anytime they were on duty.

Elated by the resolution, the local pilots lauded the effort of the governor and his genuine desire of peace in the state, adding, “We profusely express our gratitude to the governor just as we have aligned with his determination in ensuring peace in our water ways;


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