By Olasunkanmi Akoni
NO fewer than eight officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, were killed, while 87 were dismissed for misconducts in 2009.
State Commissioner for Transportation, Professor Bamidele Badejo, disclosed this ThursdayÂ at a media briefing on the activities of the ministry in the last three years, to mark the third anniversary of the Governor Babatunde Fashola-led administration.
According to him, the officials were dismissed based on reports of excesses and misconduct, adding that currently, more than 115 cases were still pending at the Personnel Management Board.
Badejo explained that the dismissal was part of measures to maintain discipline among the officers and also the need to sanitise the authority following complaints of misconducts.
On the record of death of its officials, Badejo appealed to members of the public to feel free to lay their complains at the appropriate quarters whenever they were aggrieved over activities of LASTMA officials rather than taking laws into their hands.
Recently, two officials of LASTMA in the Ejigbo Local Council Development Area were involved in separate brawls resulting in the death of a commercial motorcycle operator and a LASTMA official.
Badejo also said last one year witnessed a consistent drop in the number of road crashes. According to him, 578 accidents were recorded in 2009 as against 589 in 2008 while 93 people lost their lives as against 102 in 2008.
On transportation, Badejo, said LAGBUS Assets Management Company in the last one year commuted over 17 million passengers in the state and that it had also expanded its routes from 21 to 40 in addition to its three operational depots at FESTAC, Dopemu and Sango routes.
On water transportation, the commissioner disclosed that the state government was intensifying its intention to exploit the use of water transportation with the establishment of the Lagos State Waterways Authority to control, manage and develop the entire water ways in the state while it had granted licences to two companies to run ferry services
He said so far, eight ferry routes with over 50 ferries of various sizes covered by the licences were operational for commercial and pleasure purposes.
The commissioner said the contract for the design and construction of the Blue Line covering Mile 2-Okokomaiko, of the seven rail-road networks, had been awarded and was expected to be completed by December 2012.