Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced one
hundred percent increase in the allowances of Lagos State Traffic Management
Authority, LASTMA officials 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
Governor Sanwo-Olu made this announcement on Friday, June 14th,
2019 during an interactive session with staff of the agency when he paid an
official visit to the operation’s Headquarters at Oshodi, Lagos.
Speaking on the need to motivate the workforce, the Governor said LASTMA
officials will start to earn new allowances by the end of the end of July, this
year. According to him, the gesture is to encourage the officers to improve on
their performances as they go out day and night to rid the State of traffic
“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”, Sanwo-Olu said.
In the same vein, the Governor warned the officers to desist from any act
of corruption or corrupt tendencies, urging the operatives to imbibe civility
as a major guiding principle in their operations.
He reminded LASTMA officials that Lagosians want a decent and corrupt free
LASTMA, and as such they should be respectful when arresting an offender.
“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 governor
Some LASTMA officials who spoke during the session appealed to the Governor
to assist the agency in some areas such as equipment, medical treatment and
insurance for them to deliver more efficiently.
In response, 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 tools.
On operation of commercial motorcycles (Okada) on highways, tricycles and
indiscriminate parking of imported vehicles by the roadside, Governor
Sanwo-Olu said he will 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.
“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,” Sanwo-Olu warned.
The governor also warned members of his cabinet, their family members and friends against not to contravene traffic rules. He said; ”I will tell my cabinet members that if you are caught or apprehended violating my traffic rules, you will pay.”
The staff also used the opportunity to seek the governor’s support for the
provision of adequate security for those whose operations have been extended to
11pm, improvement in their welfare packages, rehabilitation of roads,
trainings, and enforcement of existing regulations, to aid their operations.