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Crime & Punishment of Monday, 6 September 2021


Oyo warns traffic officers against bribery

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Oyo State Government has vowed to ensure strict compliance with traffic rules and regulations among road users in the state.
Expressing concerns over rising road crashes and their consequences, the state enjoined traffic managers to shun acts of corruption that emboldened commuters.
Head of Service, Alhaja Amidat Agboola, who spoke during a training and capacity development programme, in Ibadan, enjoined Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) and other traffic control agencies to shun every form of fraud and restrain from receiving bribes in the discharge of their duties.
Asides from the road safety duty, she said the officials have a responsibility to generate revenue for the state government and to do that with the utmost integrity.
The HOS, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Service Matters, Alhaji Fatai Oladeinde, urged officers to act within the ambit of the law and within the guidelines of the service book as the same law that guides the civil service also guides their practice.
She said VIO officers are the link between the government and the road users, saying, they are to represent the best interest of the government in whatever they do.
The Head of Service, who read the code of conduct and ethics to them, which includes, honesty, punctuality, transparency among others, urged them to be their watchword.
Commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Prof Dahud Shangodoyin, implored the officers to be efficient and effective in discharging their duties, stressing that vehicle inspection is geared towards the safety of the road and other road users.