LASTMA engages 1,400 new officials to curb traffic congestions

Ekocity Magazine with Agency report — In a bid to control traffic gridlocks on Lagos roads, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority on Sunday said it has engaged over 1,400 new graduate traffic managers.

LASTMA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Olakpe, said the new officials were trained on effective traffic management within Lagos metropolis.

Olakpe said various orientation and training programmes were undertaken for LASTMA officials on traffic control and management to ensure professionalism in the discharge of their duties.

He said: “The trainings are ongoing to capture the old officials within the state to blend with the newly recruited graduates.

“About 1,400 new officials were recently recruited and trained to bring improvement, discipline and curb gridlocks within the state.

“We have about 4,250 LASTMA officials to ensure free flow of traffic on various routes in Lagos State.”

The LASTMA boss said the officials were trained on protocol of arrest, surveillance and traffic management.

Olapke added that there were various disciplinary departments at the agency to punish any official who is found wanting in the line of duty.

He said: “We have departments and sections that deal with discipline like Provost Marshal’s Office, Surveillance and Monitoring Unit and LASTMA Complaint Unit.

“All these sections are in position to deal with any official who disobeys the rules and regulations of the authority.”

The LASTMA chief executive said the authority had been working assiduously to reduce gridlocks in Apapa and its environs.

Olakpe said the agency had established “Operation Keep Traffic Moving” to ease gridlocks in Apapa and other parts of the Lagos metropolis.

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