Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, today, announced a permanent ban on vehicles inspection officers (VIO) in Lagos State.
He made this disclosure on Tuesday at the commissioning of Pedestrian bridges, layby and slip roads in Ojodu Berger axis of the State. He also asked officers of the Federal Road Service Corps, (FRSC) to stay off the streets in his state.
“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, let me use this opportunity to reiterate that Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) have been asked to stay off our roads permanently,” he said.
“We advise the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to stay on the fringes and highways and not on the main streets of Lagos.”
He said as an alternative, the state government would employ technology to track and monitor vehicle registration and MOT certifications and de-emphasise impounding of vehicles on the roads.
“It has become evident that these agencies contribute to the traffic challenges on our roads. We will employ technology to track and monitor vehicle registration and MOT certifications,” he said.
Ambode s announcement overrides last week’s statement by Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi, that the VIO ban was temporary, as officials are undergoing a one month training to improve their services in line with global best practices.
“Nobody is banning VIOs from the roads; there is no directive to that effect from the governor of Lagos state,” Elegushi had said.
“Right now, the VIS officials in the state are undergoing training on how they will improve their services on Lagos roads.