Sanwo-Olu inducts 1017 officers into LASTMA

• Charges to shun corruption

Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, inducted a total of 1017 officers to the State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) to enhance traffic operation in the state, urging the affected officers to be diligent and shun corruption as harassment of citizens would be frowned.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said this at the Passing out Parade, saying traffic in Lagos was huge in Lagos as it is over 10 times in comparison to national average.

The governor, who adorned the LASTMA uniforms in the company of his Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, while congratulating the inductees to have been privileged to be recruited, charged the officers to see their recruitment as an opportunity to serve by easing the movement of people and goods.

“I urge you to see your recruitment as an opportunity to serve. Our administration will continue to support you. We will do more to support you. Your induction is to ease the movement of people and goods.

“We have zero tolerance for corruption or financial inducement. Harassment of citizens will be frowned at. Let’s be civil, firm and decisive,” the governor said.

Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Federic Oladeinde, in his remark, told the inductees that their employment as officers of the agency demonstrates the commitment of the governor to attend to traffic challenges in the state.

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According to him, “Transportation impacts directly on any functional economy,” charging them to show commitment, dedication and discipline on their new job.

“On your new job, you must show commitment, dedication and discipline. There is no place for corruption, I urge you to tread carefully,” the commissioner said.

In his welcome address, LASTMA General Manager, Mr Olajide Oduyoye, disclosed that the Sanwo-Olu had been exceptional by being the first sitting governor that would attend any induction ceremony of the agency.

He equally enjoined the inductees not to allow temptation to ruin their career, reminding that their new uniform conferred authority on them and a big responsibility.

“Today marks a new dawn before you were wearing black and white. A lot of people didn’t accord you respect but today you are wearing the uniform.

“The uniform is an authority. With the authority comes big responsibility. The job is not a small job, we expect you to do extra and be magical.

“All we asking you is to present yourselves accordingly for you to be respected.

“I want to plead with you not to allow temptation in your work. Don’t allow temptation to wane your career,” Oduyoye charged the new inductees.

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