By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Lagos—The newly appointed General Manager of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Mr. Bashir Braimah, has assumed duty, with an assurance to ensure free flow of traffic in line with relevant laws of the state.
Braimah, who replaced Engr. Babatunde Edu, made the remarks after a tour of the agency‘s facilities shortly after assuming office on Friday at the agency’s headquarters at Oshodi.
He reiterated the vision of the current administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in ensuring freer Lagos roads through the agency.
Addressing senior officials of the agency, Braimah reaffirmed the commitment of the administration to professionalism through human capacity building and hinted that competence, commitment, diligence, and concern for citizens should be their watchwords in the discharge of their duties.
He urged the officials to be focused and device scientific methods of unlocking gridlocks associated with the state.
He also advised the officials to do away with the old practice of chasing vehicles but rather apply the use of electronic documentation to arrest defaulters.
He said: “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 with.
“LASTMA as the engine room of Lagos State economic growth can only be achieved when traffic officers are dedicated to duty.
“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.”