The Lagos State Government has reacted to media reports that it has banned Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) across the state.
You would recall that InsideMainland earlier reported the plans by the government to ban VIO officers from roads to allow for restructuring and retraining of the officers.
While refuting the report, the state Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi, and the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said that all the VIO officials only went for training.
“Nobody is banning VIOs from the roads. There is no directive to that effect from the Governor of Lagos State. Right now, the VIS officials in the state are undergoing training on how they will improve their services on Lagos roads,” Elegushi said.
He added that “it is a month-long event for the officials where they will undergo intensive training so that they will be able to deliver quality and better service across the state. We all believe that VIOs need to perform their functions in a more civilised way and be technologically driven.
There is an ongoing reform as to how the VIS carries out its operations, which might require that the inspection officers are off the streets at this point.”
He concluded that the “government is keen to have their operations more streamlined and technologically-driven to serve the people of Lagos better.