The Lagos State Government says it decided to train all officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, and the Kick Against Indiscipline in order to boost efficiency in traffic management in the state.

About 200 LASTMA and KAI officials are currently undergoing training at the Public Service Staff Development Centre, PSSDC. The training is being done in batches.

Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Transport Education, Dr. Miriam Masha, who spoke at Idi-Araba Children Transit Home, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, which some LASTMA and KAI officers currently undergoing training visited, said the training would no doubt help effective enforcement of laws in the state.

Masha, who also visited the Heart of Gold Children’s Hospice in Surulere, Old People’s Home and Modupe Cole Memorial Child Care and Treatment Homes in Yaba along with 200 LASTMA and KAI officers, described the on-going training as part of the state government’s effort to make a life-time change in the agencies.

“The state government has outlined different programmes for the agencies aimed at improving their relationship with the people and communities in the course of discharging their core responsibilities.

“The programmes are designed to make them realise that they are serving every day. It is another way of doing their jobs with a clear sense of community service and human dignity.

“The on-going reform is to enhance capacity of the traffic and environmental operatives. Our central goal is simply tailored at making a life-time change in the state law enforcement operatives as well as agencies. And the effort will continue. We are not going to stop after this reform programme is utterly implemented,” she said.

A LASTMA officer, Mr. Ganiyu Akinola, who is one of the participants said the training would make definite impact in the manner he would henceforth discharge his responsibilities.

On his part, Mr. Olalekan Adebayo, a KAI officer said “the programme has availed all the participants the new way of enforcing law, contrary to the old-fashioned application of force and emotion in law enforcement.

“We have been made to realise how go about our core responsibilities in a way that serves public interest better. We are to service the people and communities first and foremost. We are not supposed to terrorise them. We are taught to educate and enlighten them whenever they flout law and breach public order.”

—Kazeem Ugbodaga