Officers of LASTMA
Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has promised to be firm but humane in dealing with motorists in the state in the new year.
General Manager of the agency, Mr. Babatunde Edu, who made the promise in his New Year message Wednesday said LASTMA was committed to ensuring a highly mobile, efficient and effective traffic management in line with the best global practices in 2013.
Speaking at the organisation headquarters at Oshodi, the General Manager said officials of the agency would be more courteous and polite in dealing with the motorists in the New Year.
According to him, the watchword would be obedience to the rule of law, respect for motorists and firm implementation of the Lagos Traffic Law.
“The experience of 2012 will serve as a guide, and impetus to deliver better and efficient services. The agency has strategically positioned its personnel to move it forward, in order to achieve the set objectives of free flow of traffic and accident-free Lagos. This is in conformity with the Lagos State service delivery.
“As professional traffic managers, we have mapped out strategy that will increase the level of voluntarily compliance through awareness, sensitisation and public enlightenment. The agency is more determined than ever to enhance sanity, decency, orderliness and safe road usage,” Edu said.
Speaking further, the LASTMA General Manager stated that: “In the New Year, we are determined to identify more areas of traffic gridlock with a view to unlocking them. We shall continue to implement policies on safety in order to reduce road accidents to the minimum level. This is possible and achievable.
“To this end, the performance evaluation training of staff will continue with a view to acquiring traffic management skills to enable them discharge their duties and responsibilities.”
Edu maintained that motorists need not fear the traffic officers but accord them due respect and report any overzealous officer to the organisation for appropriate sanction.
“There should be no need for violence; traffic managers have been empowered with modern professional tools such as the auto inspector, digital camera and human capacity training which make it easier to effect arrest of offenders at home,” he said.
He disclosed further that a lot of tax payer’s money had been expended in organising series of training such as non-aggressive enforcement training, incident management, and the ongoing career evaluation programme to mention just a few.
He also noted that dedicated and loyal workforce remains key condition in ensuring that the agency keeps track with emerging challenges as well as to rededicate commitment to its established objectives and vision.
He enjoined the officers to sustain the new face of LASTMA in order to have the desired new mega city.
The LASTMA boss recalled the measures taken by the agency to checkmate the excesses of its personnel by barring junior officers from making an arrest, driving of offenders’ vehicle and sacking of over 150 officials for various offences in the last two months.
Edu reaffirmed the readiness of the state government to sanitise the agency by ensuring that only diligent, dedicated and disciplined officers are posted to the roads.
He added that the training should be yielding fruits sooner than later, noting that officers are expected to take the knowledge acquired back to the road by demonstrating high discipline and professionalism when dealing with motorists.