Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i on Tuesday unveiled 2, 503 road and environmental marshals recruited by the Kaduna State Government to enforce traffic rules and ban on street begging.
The new officials would now operate under the Kaduna State Traffic and Environmental Law Enforcement Agency (KASTELEA).
The governor said the agency was set up with the objective to operate under clear and transparent procedures to uphold public order in the state.
He said that the operatives would be deployed to major roads in the state to enforce compliance with traffic rules.
El-Rufa’i warned the new marshals not to abuse their responsibility, adding that the government would not spare anyone caught.
“The government expects them to live up to the standards of their training, and to be efficient, dedicated and fair in their conduct.
“Do not permit yourself to even be tempted by, much less succumb to the disease of the uniform.
“A condition in which wearing an authorized piece of fabric gives the wearer an illusion of omnipotence.
“You are not God, you are not even masters, you are public servants, and you must discharge the role with dignity and unwavering politeness.”
The governor said that the KASTELEA officers have been trained to be firm, and conduct their duties with courtesy and politeness.
“The tactics of the ruffian are not necessary for law enforcement.
“As we demonstrated when we disbanded the old VIO and withdrew their operatives from the roads, this government is of the firm belief that no public agency or its officials can be allowed to interpret their role as an exercise in oppression,” he said.
He urged residents to support the initiative to ensure that the roads were safe, and motorists and vehicles were road worthy.
“The traffic bottlenecks caused by illegal parking, and the safety risks caused by people who jump traffic lights will not be condoned.
” We can all agree that it is not a Constitutional right for anyone to constitute a nuisance on public roads, or to imperil the safe use of the road by other citizens.
“When a person is deemed to be in violation of traffic rules, KASTELEA officials will issue documents specifying the fine, but they cannot collect it.
“All fines are payable only by electronic means or through cash payments to accounts specified by the Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service, the only agency permitted to collect revenues due to the state government.”(NAN)