The Lagos state government has appointed a new General Manager for the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA). The newly appointed General Manager, Mr. Bashir Braimah who assumed duty at the Agency Oshodi headquarter on Friday tour the Agency `s facilities reiterated the vision of the current administration on the Agency.
Braimoh who replaces Engr. Babatunde Edu was Director Home affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture before his appointment is a seasoned administrator, who joined the Lagos State Civil Service in 1983 had served the State in various capacities. Braimoh while addressing the senior officials of the agency on Sunday at LASTMA HQ, Oshodi reaffirmed the commitment of the administration to professionalism through human capacity building and hinted that competency, commitment and concern should be their watchwords.
He urged the officials to be focused and device scientific methods of unlocking gridlocks associated with the State and do away with the old practice of chasing vehicles but should rather apply the use of electronic documentation to arrest defaulters. “Gone are the days of impunity, indiscipline and extortion of money from motorists. All negative vices capable of damaging the image of the government should be done away it,” he warned.
According to him, “ LASTMA as the engine room of Lagos state economic growth can only be achieved when traffic officers are dedicated to duty“. And said further that henceforth, the focus of the Agency will be to facilitate seamless driving on Lagos roads where goods and services will be delivered within time frame.
The LASTMA boss explained that, when traffic flows motorists will burn less fuel, save energy and time, man hour loss and insecurity will be eliminated.
This will have multiplier effect on the state economy, because savings will lead to investment. He reminded Agency staff of the Lagos role as a commercial and economic hub centre of Nigeria and West Africa sub region, which has made it imperative for traffic management approach to be in line with the best global practices.
He called on the officers and rank of the Agency to be on the same page with the current administration in an effort to re position the state as a number one call for investors in the country. The general manager admonished officers to demonstrate discipline, courtesy and civil when dealing with motorists and to always work within the ambit of the law.