The newly appointed Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Maritime Police Command (MPC), AIG Alkali Baba Usman has assured traffic officials of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) of Maritime Police protection and support in the efforts to achieve free flow of traffic on the Lagos roads and implementation of traffic laws. He made this known during a courtesy visit to the Agency`s headquarters at Oshodi on Tuesday.
He said his coming to the Agency was in recognition of the strategic role Lagos state traffic officials can play in the maintenance of security. Alkali said number of traffic officials on the roads has placed them in vantage position to monitor happenings, movement of vehicles and people across the length and breadth of the state. He therefore, expressed his happiness and satisfaction on the performance of the Agency, and enjoined them management to sustain the good work.
Receiving Alkali, the Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) AIG Chris Olakpe (Rtd) said the current public rating of the Agency has imposed further challenged on the Agency, because LASTMA must do everything to sustain the current tempo, raise performance and improve on service delivery.
He said further that all hands are on deck, and logistics and traffic officials are ready to achieve free flow of traffic during and beyond the festive period in the state. According to him, the Agency has adequately prepared for the influx of high volume of human and vehicular in the month of December and beyond.
In order to achieve this, the Agency has begun in earnest the retraining of all traffic officials a modern way of managing traffic in a complex situation with loosing civility and respect for the rights of the road users. Olakpe appealed for more cooperation between the Agency and other sister Agencies in order to maintain road sanity and orderliness.
In his remarks, the General Manager of LASTMA, Olawale Musa called for protection of traffic officials by all the security Agencies in the state. According to him, traffic officials working in the periphery of coastal like their counterparts depends more on police protection to discharge their duty optimally. He condemned situation where some traffic law violators now enjoined the backing of some elements in uniforms, simply they were passengers in the vehicles.
Musa said no society will grow and develop, if her citizenry violates law and treat law enforcement officers with disdain. He thanked AIG Alkali for the visit and promised that the Agency would do everything possible to sustain the new found relationship between LASTMA and police, and other security Agencies in the state.
It would be recalled just two weeks ago, the newly appointed Lagos state Police commissioner, Imohimi Edgar paid a courtesy visit to LASTMA as a way of boosting the synergy between the two agencies.