Port Harcourt — The Admiralty Lawyers Society of Nigeria has raised the alarm over the effects of the surging floods across the country on the maritime sector.
The President of Admiralty Lawyers Society of Nigeria, Angus Obinna Chukwuka, also raised concerns on the safety of ships and cargoes across the Nigerian waters, as a result of the recurring flooding in the country.
Chukwuka called on the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA,
as well as the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA to urgently take steps to checkmate the floods from jeopardizing sea operations.
He also called on the maritime agencies to take steps towards ensuring mitigation of the losses generally occasioned on the movement of cargoes and persons this period.
While commending the Rivers State government for extending a compassionate hand to the people in the Orashi region, the maritime lawyer also urged the government to reach out to people from other areas who have suffered similar or worse fate.
He explained that immediate compensation should be paid to the victims and proper assessment should be carried out of area yet unaffected but potential victims
He further charged all tiers of government and all well-meaning organisation to act urgently in synergy to check the ugly trends flood ravaging the country.
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