Benin – The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, on Tuesday commissioned the re-branded Edo State Traffic Control and Management Agency (EDSTMA) with a plea to officials of the agency to be committed to their jobs, urging them to ensure that road users are not subjected to intimidation and harassment.
It was during the administration of former Governor Adams Oshiomhole that the traffic agency was established and later disbanded due to complaints of harassment by members of the public.
The state Governor, Godwin Obaseki had rebranded the agency by employing fresh personnel, provision of new uniforms, modern radio communication equipments, motor- bikes and Hilux vans.
Governor Obaseki who urged the officials not to see their appointments as avenue to enrich themselves by collecting bribes from motorists declared, “I am glad that government deemed it appropriate to create a Public Complaints Department of the agency that the public can leverage on the complaints”.
“I appeal to the officials to ensure that they operate within the confines of the law to avoid denting the image of the agency”.
Governor Obaseki however assured the Benin Monarch that members of the agency have been trained to be civil and not to exploit the people and paid glowing tributes to Oshiomhole for establishing EDSTMA
Managing Director of EDSTMA, Mr. Dennis Oloriegbe, said the agency would use the three basic traffic management strategies which included education, engineering and enforcement to tackle traffic problems from the routs.
Mr. Oloriegbe stated that 351 persons completed the training programme which lasted between June 20 and June 28, 2017.
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