By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
At least, 11 officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) have been recommended for various punishment, ranging from dismissal, reduction in rank and Immediate termination of appointment from the State Public Service.
They were said to have been found guilty by a Disciplinary Panel of various corrupt practices levelled against them.
One of the accused officers, was however exonerated form the alleged offences.
The Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of the Agency Adebayo Taofiq made the disclosure in a release at the weekend.
According to the release, the Acting General Manager of LASTMA Mr. Bakare Oki Olalekan disclosed that the disciplinary panel which was statutorily constituted with three Permanent Secretaries in attendance adjudicated on cases of corrupt practices levied against the 12 Officers and forwarded their recommendations to the State Civil Service Commission for ratification in line with the Public Service Rules.
He said the offences for which they were tried bothered on corrupt practices and absenteeism in line with the extant rules as guided by the Lagos State Civil Service Rules and Regulations.
” Mr. Bakare Oki confirmed that the panel recommended various punishment ranging from dismissal, reduction in rank and Immediate termination of appointment from the State Public Service.
“:The Acting General Manager who was equally part of disciplinary panel confirmed that while 11 Officers were found guilty of corrupt practices levied against them, only one (1) Officer was exonorated with the report of the panel.
“:Mr. Bakare Oki who read ‘Riot Acts’ to all Comptrollers, Commanders and Zebras of the Agency maintained that stiff and severe punishment would continued to be meted on corrupt Officers and men in his efforts to weed the agency of few bad elements tarnishing its image.
“We hereby call on residents especially motoring public to support the Agency in the on-going restructuring by promptly reporting any errant Officers via any of the Agency’s complaints hotlines (08100565860, 08129928503, 08129928515 & 08129928597) with proof of evidence”
” The General Manager hereby warned all Officers of the Agency to always carry out their duties without fear or favour in accordance with the stipulated laws guiding the authority as any operative caught in the process of bringing the Agency or the Government into disrepute shall equally face the consequence
“:While commending Lastma Officials for their dedication, dutifulness, diligence and professionalism, Bakare Oki however, warned the motoring public to stop inducing traffic personnel with bribes in order to avoid been prosecuted as the law frowned on both the ‘giver and the receiver’.
” For complaints/inquiries please, reach out to Lastma via these social media handles (Instagram — ekolastma) (Twitter ‘X’ —- @followlastma), (Facebook — ekolastma) and (Youtube — LastmaTV)” it also stated.