Kwara charges VIO to play active role on road safety

Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) have been charged to refocus their operations by reporting bad road infrastructures in various parts of the country to relevant authorities rather than concentrating on arrest of motorists for traffic offences.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by members of the national conference of Directors/Chief VIO of the federation, led by Engineer Adebayo Olusoji in Ilorin, the Kwara state deputy governor, Mr. Kayode Alabi, called on VIO to play active role in ensuring safety of lives and property on Nigerian roads.

While lamenting present state of some major roads in the country, the deputy governor said that people should not heap the blame only on government, calling for complementary roles by members of the public.

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Mr. Alabi, who called on VIO operatives to check overloading, particularly, among commercial transporters, said that the practice is common on Nigerian roads.

The deputy governor, who said that most of the nation’s challenges are due to attitudinal behaviour and people’s mindset, added that the vehicle inspection activities should go with social responsibility.

He also said that the state government would continue to provide the enabling environment for VIO to perform effectively in the state.

Also speaking, the leader of the team, Engineer Olusoji, enumerated functions and duties of VIO which include ensuring safety of lives and property on Nigerian roads.

Engineer Olusoji who is the Head Controlling, Regulations and Enforcement Division, Lagos State Ministry of Transportation said that the office played major role in the issuance of licence and road worthiness certificate.

He noted that the Conference would meet in Lagos for a four-day retreat beginning from October 30 to November 2.

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