For being overzealous, indiscipline and corrupt, the Lagos state government says it has sacked 100 Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officers.
This was disclosed by the state commissioner for transportation, Dr. Dayo Mobereola over the weekend.
The officers were sacked between April 2015 and April 2016, spanning a period of one year. The officers were sacked due to offences ranging from indiscipline, overzealousness, extortion and others.
Mobereola said the government would not tolerate any form of indiscipline among LASTMA officers and would deal with such whenever such arose.
According to him, those sacked were based on improper conduct ranging from indiscipline, extortion, overzealousness, among others, while some others were downgraded.
He said cases where LASTMA officials would jump into people’s vehicles and drag keys with them were over as government would deal with any officer caught doing such act.
Meanwhile, the two major agencies responsible for managing transportation rules and regulation under the Lagos state government known as the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) and LASTMA have both certainly shown they are money spinning agencies of government as they have impounded at least 181, 986 vehicles in the last one year in Lagos.
These vehicle owners received fines ranging from N10,000 to N50,000. With these, the government has raked in over N200 million from assorted fines on motorists in the last one year.