Lagos State Governor, Ambode
Lagos State Governor, Ambode

Government has
ordered Vehicle
Inspection Officers
to leave Lagos roads.
It was gathered that
Governor Akinwunmi
Ambode handed down
the directive as a result
of public complaints.
Sources in the Ambodeled
administration also
said the removal of
the officers from the
state’s roads was to
reposition the outfit.
“The story on a painter,
whose car got burnt in
VIO’s custody, caused
a discreet investigation
into the activities of
the outfit and I can
tell you that the report
was not palatable.
“Apart from this,
complaints about the
overzealousness of
some VIO men have
reached a high level.”
The governor, who said
he would not tolerate any
highhandedness in his
administration, ordered
them out of Lagos roads
until further notice,”
one of the sources said.
A VIO source, however,
said the governor told
them to leave the roads
and go on ‘compulsory
retraining on the use
of modern technology
in order to be humane
in dealing with the
public,’ adding that
the VIOs would be
back on the road soon.
It was gathered that
the training had been
arranged since the officers
left the road last week.
The state Commissioner
for Information and
Strategy, Steve Ayorinde,
said nobody had
hindered the VIOs from
performing their duties.
He said, “The truth
is that the transport
ministry is undergoing
r e s t r u c t u r i n g ,
including the VIOs.
The commissioner for
transportation had made
some recommendations,
which he will present
at the State Executive
Council meeting
and things can move
forward from there.
“But we all believe
that the VIOs’ activities
should be technologically
driven and more. These
will be seen soon.”

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