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Lagos Traffic: Ambode Appoints Ex-AIG As New LASTMA Boss

In his bid to tackle the worsening traffic situation in the state, The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has sacked the Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Mr. Young Arabamen.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Habib Aruna, in a statement on Monday said that a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr. Christian Olakpe, had been appointed as the new LASTMA boss.

According to the statement, Olakpe was appointed as part of efforts to revamp LASTMA for improved performance and better relations with the public.

Ambode was quoted as saying that Olakpe’s appointment was in strong response to the consistent complaints by members of the public on the situation of traffic on Lagos roads.

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The governor, it would be recalled, had sacked the General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Babatunde Edu, in September and appointed Bashir Braimoh in his stead.

The new LASTMA CEO, who served as the Force Public Relations Officer under former Inspector General of Police, Mr. Tafa Balogun, in 2003, also served as the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Lagos; and headed the Plateau and Bayesla police commands before his retirement

Olakpe, who joined the Nigeria Police Force in 1982, is a graduate of Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos.

Meanwhile, a socio-political organisation, National Image, has launched an initiative tagged, the ‘Lagos State Traffic Control Volunteers’ to help check the menace of traffic gridlock in the Lagos metropolis.

The initiative, which was inaugurated on Monday at the Lagos Secretariat, Ikeja, aims to recruit volunteers from all the 57 councils across the state to help control traffic in their areas.

According to the coordinator of the group, Mr. Seyi Bamigbade, the initiative will pave the way for individuals who are willing to collaborate with the relevant government agencies to eradicate traffic gridlock in the metropolis; even as he said recruitment was still ongoing in all the council areas.

Also speaking at the inauguration, the Director of Protocol, Lagos State Governor’s Office, Mr. Tunde Onigbanjo, said the initiative was commendable, urging Lagosians to join the group.

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