To raise allowances, order free treatment for officer
Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday said personnel of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) are free to arrest his cabinet members if they are found contravening traffic laws. Sanwo-Olu said: “If you are caught or apprehended violating my traffic rules, you will pay” during an interactive session to motivate personnel of LASTMA held at the agency’s headquarters in Oshodi, Lagos.
At the meeting, the governor also announced a hundred percent increase in the allowances of LASTMA officials to encourage and motivate them also in fulfilment of his vision to make traffic management and transportation a priority in his administration. Speaking on the need to motivate the workforce, the governor said LASTMA officials will start to earn new allowances by the end of the end of July this year, a gesture he said is to encourage the officers to improve on their performances as they go out day and night to rid the state of traffic gridlocks.“As from the end of the month of July, we shall increase your allowances by 100 per cent. That means if you are collecting N5,000 as your allowance , it would be increased to N10, 000. Those collecting N10,000 before would now be getting N20,000. This would enable you perform optimally. To whom much is given, much is expected,” Sanwo-Olu said. The governor, however, warned officers to desist from any act of corruption while also urging them to imbibe civility as a major guiding principle in their operations.
“Lagosians expect a corrupt-free LASTMA that will not go about to collect bribes from motorists. Be respectful and courteous even when you are going to arrest an offender. Lagosians want LASTMA that is decent, they want neatness. We don’t want laziness and lateness to work. Be my advocates,” the governor said. Some LASTMA officials who spoke during the session appealed to the governor to assist the agency in areas such as equipment, medical treatment and insurance for them to deliver more efficiently. In response, Sanwo-Olu announced free treatment for every LASTMA official in the state while promising a more conducive working environment for staff. On operation of commercial motorcycles (Okada) on highways, tricycles and indiscriminate parking of imported vehicles by the roadside, Sanwo-Olu said he will have a meeting with the Commissioner of Police and other security operatives to look at the existing laws and better way of enforcement for the benefit of every Lagosian.
“There are rules that guide operation of commercial motorcycles. The Lagos State law has stated okada should not operate on some roads. We will have a meeting with security operatives on what we should do. “We are not going to condone people obstructing our roads. I am now taking it as warning to all those parking their vehicles on the road such as importers of Tokunbo vehicles to comply by removing them from the road because we will come one day and take all the vehicles off the road. People should provide space for their businesses,” Sanwo-Olu warned.