No fewer than 1,400 graduates have been employed by the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) as traffic managers.
The agency explained yesterday that the development is aimed at curbing traffic gridlocks on Lagos roads.
LASTMA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Olakpe, said the new officials were trained on effectiveness traffic management within Lagos metropolis.
Olakpe said that various orientation and training programmes were undertaken for LASTMA officials on traffic control and management to ensure professionalism in the discharge of their duties.
“The trainings are ongoing to capture the old officials within the state to blend with the newly recruited graduates.
“About 1,400 new officials were recently recruited and trained to bring improvement, discipline and curb gridlocks within the state.
“We have about 4,250 LASTMA officials to ensure free flow of traffic on various routes in Lagos State,” he said.
The LASTMA boss said that the officials were trained on protocol of arrest, surveillance and traffic management.
Olapke added that there were various disciplinary departments at the agency to punish any official who is found wanting in the line of duty.
“We have departments and sections that deal with discipline like provost marshal’s office, surveillance and monitoring unit and LASTMA complaint units.
“All these sections are in position to deal with any official who disobey the rules and regulations of the authority,” he said.
Recall that eight LASTMA officials were sacked on August 14 for receiving bribes.
The LASTMA chief executive said that the authority had been working assiduously to reduce gridlocks in Apapa and its environs.
He said that the agency had established “Operation Keep Traffic Moving” to ease gridlock in Apapa and other parts of the Lagos metropolis.
“LASTMA has been assisting in the movement of traffic in Apapa by trying to streamline traffic; it has been doing its best to reduce the gridlocks being experienced in the area,” he said.