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New LASTMA boss promises professionalism, different enforcement strategy

By Benjamin Alade
17 September 2021   |   3:19 am
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has said staff of the agency would no longer apprehend motorists aggressively but with versatility and professionalism.

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The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has said staff of the agency would no longer apprehend motorists aggressively but with versatility and professionalism.

The traffic management authority also mentioned that officers will exhibit discipline on the road and accord motorists who default on traffic rules respect in line with human rights to freedom of expression and association.

General Manager, LASTMA, Bolaji Oreagba disclosed this at a media parley in Lagos. Oreagba who doubles as the head of operations, said: “Before now, the agency had a bartered image but now we are redeeming it with more disciplinary actions for our erring officers and measures to protect the agency’s mandate.

“On our part, we are now striving to ensure people-friendly LASTMA. No matter what happens henceforth, we won’t apprehend motorists with aggression but politely, with versatility and professionalism. Our officers would accord motorists due respect when they violate traffic rules.”

He advised motorists and the public not to hesitate to report erring officers who engage in high-handedness or racketeering.

He noted that the extant laws of the Lagos State Civil Service rules and regulations still exist to deal with any misdemeanour by any LASTMA officers found wanting in the discharge of their duties, adding that those with minor infractions are being re-trained and reposted to other areas where they would become more useful.

He stressed that any officer caught divulging unconfirmed information shall surely face the music in accordance with civil service rules.

Director, Legal Department, LASTMA, Kehinde Akerele, said it is important to showcase a new order as traffic offenders would be arrested according to the rule of law, stating that the agency would comply with protocol of arrest embedded in 2018 traffic law of the state, which would limit the excesses of erring officers on the road.

Earlier in his remarks, Assistant Director, Public Affairs, LASTMA, Filade Olumide, said there would be fewer skirmishes on the road if traffic offenders admit to their offences.

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