VIO Inducts 33 Special Traffic Mayors In Cross River


The Department of Vehicle Inspector Officer (VIO) in Cross River State has inaugurated 33 special traffic mayors in the state.

The 33-man team was inducted in Calabar the state capital, with the Governor Professor Ben Ayade as the grand commander.

The officials are expected to assist the department in traffic management and control as well as rescue operations during the yuletide season and beyond.

The Chairman, National Conference of Directors and Chief Road Traffic Officer in the state, Mr Paul Bepeh, stated that part of their responsibilities will also be to assist in decongesting traffic and engaging in public enlightenment where necessary.

Ambode Confirms ‘Permanent’ Ban On VIO

Lagos To Embark On Infrastructure DevelopmentGovernor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has confirmed the ban imposed on Vehicle Inspection Officers in the state.

The governor spoke on the issue while commissioning the pedestrian bridges, laybys and slip roads at Ojodu Berger.

According to him, the decision is in line with his administration’s resolve to ensure free-flow of traffic across the state.

The governor cautioned officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps to stay off the main streets of Lagos.

“Let me use this opportunity to reiterate that Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) have been asked to stay off our roads permanently,” he said.

“We also advise the Federal Road Safety Corps to stay on the fringes and highways and not on the main streets of Lagos. It has become evident that these agencies contribute to the traffic challenges on our roads.”

Ambode also said the state government would discourage the impounding of vehicles and use technology to track and monitor vehicle registration and MOT certifications.

He explained that the state government decided to intervene in Ojodu Berger because the area was a flashpoint for traffic congestion.

“What we set out to achieve with this project was to ensure smooth flow of traffic along the express, safeguard the lives of our people who had to run across the express and project the image of a truly global city to our visitors,” he said.

“Today, we are delighted that we have not only succeeded in transforming the landscape of this axis but with the slip road, laybys and pedestrian bridge, we have given a new and pleasant experience to all entering and exiting our state.”

El-Rufai Inaugurates New Traffic Agency In Kaduna

el-rufai of KadunaKaduna State’s Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has inaugurated a new traffic agency known as Kaduna State Traffic and Environmental Law Enforcement Agency (KASTELEA) to ensure public order and safety across the state.

The new agency replaces the Vehicle Inspection Unit that was disbanded by the state government last year.

At the passing out parade and swearing in ceremony of the traffic marshals held  at the Murtala Mohammed square in the state capital, Governor El-Rufai said the agency was saddled with the responsibility of maintaining environmental safety and controlling traffic on public roads and places.

He urged the traffic officials to ensure that all vehicles plying the roads were properly licensed and are road-worthy.

A total 2,500 men and women of KASTELEA were trained on traffic and environmental management.

The ceremony started with an inspection of the guard mounted by the men and women of the agency. This was followed by colourful march pass.

KASTELEA will serve as an enforcement unit with a mandate to facilitate general orderliness in all public places.

Governor El-Rufai advised the traffic officials to conduct their duties with dignity and in line with the mandate and laws establishing the agency.

The high point of the event was the commissioning of patrol vehicles, towing vans and ambulances that were procured for the agency’s day to day operations.

The traffic marshals have been trained to be firm and to conduct their duties with courtesy and politeness.

As they move from the venue of the event to the roads and streets, it is hoped that they would live up to expectation and ensure that residents abide by all traffic and environmental laws.

Kaduna Govt Disbands VIO Over Alleged Corruption

Kaduna Govt Disbands VIO Over Alleged CorruptionThe Kaduna State Government has dissolved the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) for alleged corrupt practices and gross misconduct across the state.

The government made the disclosure on Tuesday in a statement signed by the spokesman to Kaduna State Governor, Samuel Aruwan, at the end of the Kaduna State Security Council meeting.

According to the statement, “Following deliberations at the Executive Council and the Security Council, the government came to the conclusion that the VIO as currently constituted does not serve the public interest.

“The government has noted complaints from members of the public and the security agencies regarding widespread indiscipline, misconduct, alleged extortion and disrespect to citizens by VIO personnel.”

He added that the government would soon come up with a new agency that would perform the functions of the proscribed VIO for better and efficient road traffic maintenance.

The Kaduna State government ordered all personnel of the agency to thereafter, withdraw from the streets and major roads, warning that anyone found posing as a VIO official on the road from the day of the disbandment would be treated as an impostor and subsequently handed over to the Police for prosecution.

“While a replacement agency for the VIO is in the works, the Kaduna State Government wishes to reiterate that no staff or agency of the public service is allowed to collect or receive cash payments. State laws prohibit the collection of cash revenues by any person, authority or organization. All payments to the government must be made through a bank or via electronic channels,” the government said.

It also directed the permanent staff of the disbanded agency to report with their uniforms to the Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport with immediate effect, while the casual ones remain sacked.

According to Aruwan, an executive order giving immediate effect to the disbandment had been signed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai.