BY ALAYAKI OLAKUNLE
Men of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority officials (LASTMA) are now in high spirits following the recent increase in their allowances.
Lagos state governor last week, announced a 100 percent increase in their allowances as a way of boosting their confidence and effectiveness in managing traffic in the state.
Our correspondent who was present when the announcement was made by Sanwo Olu said it was followed by an enthusiastic response.
The governor promised that the increase would commence from the end of July 2019 while also stating that LASTMA officials would be entitled to free health treatment.
“From the end of next month, we are going to double your allowance, from the end of next month. If you are earning N5,000 allowance, we are going to double it for you.
It is Lagos State tax payer’s money we are going to be giving to all of you so the citizens are going to be expecting a new, reformed and more civil LASTMA officers, Any LASTMA official that is on duty and has reported one form of illness or the other should be treated free of charge.”
Sanwo-also commended the officials for their service to ensure a free flow of traffic and traffic management in the state. He reminded them of his promise to rehabilitate bad roads in Lagos as he insists that the government would now be strict with traffic offenders.
He also instructed them not to allow any offender go without paying fine saying, “if the person says he knows the governor, tell him to call the governor to pay the money for the offence.” Sanwo-Olu urged the traffic management officers to be civil when engaging road users.
“They (people) want a LASTMA officer that shows civility. Courtesy demands courtesy if you are going to even arrest or apprehend somebody, be courteous and respectful to them,” he added