Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has charged officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, the Vehicle Inspection Office and the Kick Against Indiscipline to desist from harassing or forcibly taking over citizens’ vehicles.
Ambode, who spoke on Wednesday during a meeting with the officers at the Lagos House, Alausa Ikeja, said that the same technology that was being used to send reminder messages about vehicle documents to people could also be adopted in tracking down people who committed traffic offences without forcibly seizing their vehicles.
He said, “I want to make life simpler for every Lagosian. The duty of everybody here, including me, is to make life easier for every Lagosian.
“I want you to use technology in arresting those who contravene the law instead of resorting to harassment or forcibly taking over peoples’ vehicles.
“The same technology that is used in sending message of reminders about vehicle documents could be adopted in tracking down people who commit traffic offences without forcibly seizing their cars.”
He urged the KAI officers to go back to the streets and enforce the law against street trading in a civil manner, stating that the agency should also look at the option of adopting the use of social media to achieve effectiveness.