Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday asked Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) to stay permanently off all roads across the state.
Governor Ambode who disclosed this Tuesday at the commissioning of Pedestrian bridges, layby and slip roads in Ojodu Berger axis also asked officers of the Federal Road Service Corps, (FRSC) to stay off all state roads saying that the operation of the federal agency should henceforth be restricted to the fringes and highways over which the federal government has jurisdiction.
Ambode’s statement overrides last week’s statement by Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi, that the VIO ban was temporary and that they only went for training to improve their services in line with global best practices.
His words: “Nobody is banning VIOs from the roads; there is no directive to that effect from the governor of Lagos State.
“Right now, the VIS officials in the state are undergoing training on how they will improve their services on Lagos roads.
“It’s a month-long event for the officials where they will undergo intensive training so that they will be able to deliver quality and better service across the state.
“We all believe that VIOs need to perform their functions in a more civilised way and be technologically driven”.
Steve Ayorinde, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, explained that LASG’s order to the VIOs to vacate the roads was to pave way for its reforms.
“There is an ongoing reform as to how the VIS carries out its operations, which might require that the inspection officers are off the streets at this point.
“The government is keen to have their operations more streamlined and technologically-driven to serve the people of Lagos better,” Ayorinde said.