The Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced one hundred percent increase in the allowances of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA officials.
This according to the Governor was to encourage and motivate the workers in the performance of their duties and also in fulfilment of his vision to make traffic management and transportation number one priority in his administration.
Governor Sanwo-Olu made this announcement on Friday during an interactive session with staff of the agency when he paid an official visit to the operation’s Headquarters at Oshodi, Lagos.
The Governor said that LASTMA officials would start to earn new allowances by the end of July, this year.
He said the gesture became imperative in other to ensure a better service delivery among traffic managers 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,” the Governor said.
He warned the officers to desist from any act of corruption, saying that the operatives must imbibe civility as a major guiding principle in their operations.
According to him, “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 agency, through some officials made appeals and requests which include procurement of new equipment, medical treatment, provision of adequate security for those whose operations have been extended to 11pm, improvement in their welfare packages, rehabilitation of roads, trainings among others.
Responding to their requests, Governor Sanwo-Olu announced free treatment for every LASTMA official in the State.
He also promised a more conducive working environment for the staff such as repair of damaged vehicles and motorbikes, provision of raincoats, and other working tools.
On operation of commercial motorcycles (okada) on highways, tricycles and indiscriminate parking of imported vehicles by the roadside, the Governor said that he would have a meeting with the Commissioner of Police and other security operatives to look at the existing laws and better way for their enforcement for the benefit of every Lagosian.
He said: “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.”
The governor also warned members of his cabinet, their family members and friends not to contravene traffic rules.