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Ambode withdraws official number plates from retired staff

 

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Am­bode, has ordered the cancellation of all of­ficial number plates cur­rently in use as a result of gross abuse and directed re-issuance of new official number plates to all gov­ernment owned vehicles, while retired staff are to forfeit same henceforth.

The governor has also banned all local govern­ment officials in the state from controlling or engag­ing in traffic duties.

Addressing journalists at a press conference in Alausa, Ikeja, the acting Commissioner for Trans­portation, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, said in recent times, there had been complaints about the role of Local Governments and Local Council Devel­opment Areas (LCDAs) officials in traffic enforce­ment.

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“Indeed, there are traf­fic units in all the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Ar­eas. However, this is not a responsibility for the third tier of government. We have reported instances of illegal arrest, extortion and general impunity on the part of the local govern­ment operatives.

“It is then appropriate to disband all the units and outfits parading as local government traffic units. This has been communi­cated to all these agen­cies. For the avoidance of doubt, officials of the min­istry will start monitoring and any infraction will be dealt with in full compli­ance with the law.

“Let me also reiterate that only the Nigerian police, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), the Taskforce on Special Of­fences and the Rapid Re­sponse Squad (RRS) can perform traffic duties,” the commissioner said.

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