The 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.