Lagos State Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has approved the increase in allowances of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officers by 100 per cent. He said the increase would be to encourage and motivate them towards attaining the goals of better traffic management and transportation in the state.
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 expect.
The Governor promises.
Sanwo-Olu made this announcement yesterday during an interactive session with the staff of the agency when he paid an official visit to the operation’s headquarters in Oshodi, Lagos.
LASTMA officers should desist from any act of corruption and also be civilised according to the guiding principle in their operations. Lagosians expect a corrupt free LASTMA that will not go about collecting 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 warns.
Some LASTMA officials addressed the governor during the session, calling his attention to things they lack, such as equipment, medical treatment and insurance for them to deliver more efficiently.
In response, Governor Sanwo-Olu haapily announced "free treatment' scheme for every LASTMA official in Lagos. He also assured the officials of a more conducive working environment for their staffs, as he would repair their damaged vehicles and provide more amenities for the workers.
The governor further stated that he would have a meeting with the Commissioner of Police and other security operatives to look at the existing laws on operation of commercial motorcycles (Okada) on highways, tricycles and indiscriminate parking of imported vehicles by the roadside and find a way to better the lives of lagosians.
“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 admonished.