Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday warned officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) to shun corruption and be civil while discharging their duties.
The governor said he would not condone corruption or bribe-taking by any official, charging them to be respectful when arresting an offender.
Sanwo-Olu gave the warning during an interactive session with staff of the agency, during his visit to the LASTMA office in Oshodi.
“Lagosians expect a corrupt-free LASTMA that will not be collecting bribes; therefore, you should be respectful and courteous even when you are going to arrest an offender.
“Lagosians want LASTMA that is decent and neat; we don’t want laziness and lateness to work. Be my advocates,” the governor said
Sanwo-Olu said the government would provide a conducive working environment for the staff, including improvement of their allowances, repair of damaged vehicles and motorbikes. Others are the provision of raincoats and necessary tools.
This comes after the staff of LASTMA, complained about the challenges facing them, and appealed to the governor to provide adequate security for them as their hours have extended to 11 p.m.
They requested for improvement in their welfare package, rehabilitation of roads, training, and enforcement of existing regulations, to aid their operations.
On operation of commercial motorcycles, tricycles and indiscriminate parking of imported vehicles by the roadside, Sanwo-Olu said he would have a meeting with security operatives to establish a law enforcement commission that would regulate their movement.
“We are not going to condone people obstructing our roads. I am now taking it as a warning to all those parking their vehicles on the road, such as importers of Tokunbo vehicles, to comply by removing them from the road”.
“We will come one day and take all the vehicles off the road; people should provide space for their businesses,” he warned.
The governor also warned government officials, their family members and friends against violating traffic rules.