Following complaints from motorists and other road users, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has ordered officials of the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) out of Lagos roads. The declaration which takes immediate effect emerged yesterday, May 8 2017.
The removal of the officers from the roads was to reposition the outfit through training and re-training, InsideMainland learnt.
Asides this, some complaints about supposed high-handedness and over-zealousness of some VIOs were other reasons the Ambode ordered them out of Lagos roads until further notice.
It was gathered that training had been arranged for the VIO officers since they have been ordered to leave the roads.
Speaking on the development, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said “the truth is the transport Ministry is undergoing restructuring, including the VIO. The Commissioner for Transportation had made some recommendations, which he will present at the State Executive Council meeting and things can move forward from there.”
“But we all believed that the VIO activities should be technologically driven,” he added.
Meanwhile, a VIO source, said “the officers had been ordered by the Governor to go on compulsory retraining on the use of modern technology in order to be humane in dealing with the public.”