Kunle Awosiyan |
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has called on officials of the State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Kick Against Indiscipline, (KAI) and Vehicles Inspection Office (VIO) to perform their assignments with a human face.
He said this at a parley with the agencies, calling on them to strive and render quality service always to the citizens.
He said, “No officer will be allowed to harass Lagosians and motorists. This administration will not condone any act of indiscipline among operators.”
According to him, the cardinal objective of this administration is to make life, simpler and make residents happier.
“I don’t want you people to torture the citizens, don’t make life miserable for people, and don’t make life uncomfortable for them. Yes there will be offenders, but I don’t want you people to jump citizens’ cars. I appeal strongly for your cooperation and support. I want to let you know that as little as you think your work is, you are going to be the new face of my government. Whatever you do outside, you are actually going to be doing it on my behalf,’’ he said.
The Governor stated that the feedback he is getting is that traffic situation had worsened and therefore urged the officials to identify all traffic black spots and address them within his 100 days in office, while also assuring them of his support and cooperation to enable them to render quality service.
He expressed hope that LASTMA officers would be operating 24 hours service to free traffic in bad spots and use technology to arrest offenders without harassing them, adding that places like Oworonshoki, Abule Egba, Dopemu, among others which had constituted traffic bad spots must be decongested immediately.
Earlier, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello said it was not going to be business as usual and warned that there would be no room for bribery and corruption as any officer caught in the act would be dealt with accordingly.
He said that though LASTMA and KAI had done very well, Bello urged them to do more to keep Lagos working.