Lagos State Government sacks Five, reprimands two LASTMA officials

The Lagos State Government has sacked five officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) for corruption and reprimanded two others.

In a statement signed on Monday by  Authority’s Director of Public Affairs and Enlightenment Adebayo Taofiq, says the Personnel Management Board (PMB) found them wanting and terminated their appointments.

He said letters of termination of appointments and reprimand were handed over to the indicted LASTMA officials.

Adebayo confirmed that all recommendations made by the Personnel Management Board on the seven indicted LASTMA officials during their meeting on Tuesday, 19th of August, 2023 were ratified by the Lagos State Civil Service Commission.

Adebayo said, “While Five LASTMA officials who were indicted for corruption received a letter of termination of appointment, the remaining two received letters of ‘reprimand’ for absence from duty posts without leave.”

Similarly, the Acting General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Bakara Oki Olalekan stated that the disciplinary action taken was in line with the extant rules as guided by the Lagos State Civil Service Rules and Regulations.

Oki said that the agency would only get better if and when members of the public shared their experiences, including positive ones, and provided evidence where applicable of perceived misdemeanors.

He implored road users in Lagos to always comply with the State Traffic Law in order not to run foul of the law, which will attract penalties as stated in the law.

According to him, “This is necessary for all of us to promote a Greater Lagos for the benefit of all and the realization of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s objectives in the First Pillar of the THEMES Plus Development Agenda (Traffic Management and Transportation).

“We wish to add by informing well-meaning and concerned Lagos residents and the motoring public that we have various windows through which complaints can be channeled for prompt action – 08100565860, 08129928515, 08129928503, (08129928597 WhatsApp only) & Provost on 08129928490.”

He assured that such complaints shall be investigated dispassionately with dispatch.

While enjoying every motoring public to abide by the Lagos State Transportation Sector Reform Law 2018, Oki disclosed that cases against the remaining 14 indicted LASTMA officials were undergoing additional administrative review.

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Rita Elenwo

Rita Aletor- Elenwo, is a professional journalist with experience in broadcast, print and online reporting. A proud citizen of Edo state, Nigeria (Esan South East Local Government) Rita had her first degree in philosophy from Ebonyi State University (2008), PGD, in Communication from the University of Port Harcourt (2020), and currently in pursuit of an MSC degree in communication. Rita (nee Aletor-) is happily married with lovely children.

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