In a determined effort to root out corruption within its ranks, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has confirmed the arraignment of 11 officers before a disciplinary panel. The officers face various charges related to corrupt practices, with one officer being found not guilty out of the 12 originally arraigned.
The acting General Manager of LASTMA, Mr Olalekan Bakare, affirmed the disciplinary proceedings in a statement released on Friday, providing insights into the agency’s commitment to upholding its rules and regulations as guided by the Lagos State Civil Service Rules.
Bakare, who also served on the disciplinary panel, disclosed that the cases were adjudicated by a panel, statutorily constituted with the presence of three permanent secretaries. The outcome saw 11 officers found guilty of corrupt practices, while one officer was exonerated.
The disciplinary panel has forwarded its recommendations to the State Civil Service Commission for ratification in accordance with public service rules. The recommended punishments range from dismissal, reduction in rank, to immediate termination of appointment from the state public service.
Addressing the public, Bakare issued a stern warning to corrupt officers within the agency, emphasizing that stiff and severe punishments would continue to be meted out to those tarnishing LASTMA’s image. He urged residents, especially the motoring public, to support the ongoing restructuring by promptly reporting errant officers through the agency’s complaints hotlines, providing proof of evidence.
Bakare emphasized, “All officers are, hereby, warned to always carry out their duties without fear or favour, but in accordance with the stipulated laws guiding the authority. Any operative caught in the process of bringing the agency or the state government into disrepute shall equally face the consequences.”
While commending LASTMA officials for their dedication, dutifulness, diligence, and professionalism, Bakare issued a warning to the motoring public against inducing traffic personnel with bribes. He highlighted that the law frowns upon both the giver and the receiver in such transactions and urged compliance to avoid prosecution.
The move to discipline corrupt officers aligns with LASTMA’s commitment to maintaining transparency, efficiency, and public trust. The agency’s resolve to root out corruption reflects broader efforts within Nigeria to instill accountability and uphold ethical standards in public service. For complaints and inquiries via its social media handles, the following social media handles were given for motorists to reach out to LASTMA management. including Instagram – ekolastma; Twitter ‘X’ – @followlastma; Facebook – ekolastma and Youtube – LastmaTV.