By OLASUNKANMI AKONI
Lagos — The Lagos State government has concluded a one-week training for about 500 officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, and other traffic managers, aimed at equipping them with necessary knowledge and skills to manage traffic with high technology equipment.
Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, made this known while addressing the personnel at the end of the training held in Alausa.
He said the training would help the officers to utilise the high technology equipment which would soon be acquired by the state government.
According to Opeifa, “the state government has concluded plans to acquire high technology traffic software to move traffic and transport management from the present analogue to a more sophisticated and scientific mode.”
The commissioner expressed the hope that participants would at the end of the training, master the fundamentals of the various areas of hi-tech traffic and incidence management and other strategic related areas.
Earlier in his goodwill message, the state Head of Service, Mr. Adesegun Ogunlewe said that the workshop would provide a veritable platform for professionals to learn about best practices in conformity with global standards in some areas of core competence in traffic and traffic engineering.
Ogunlewe described the training as a step in the right direction as the government could now boast of informed professionals and institutions that would consistently seek to improve the process of service delivery, while not compromising standard and compliance.
Declaring the workshop open, the Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions, Mrs. Florence Oguntuase, asked public servants to understand the key policy thrust of the state government to enable them situate the relevance and importance of their services.
She therefore, charged the participants to absorb all the knowledge they can and subsequently put them to good use at their various duty posts to justify the investment of the government in improving their competences and capabilities.