Enugu State Government has taken steps towards restructuring its traffic enforcement unit, the Vehicle Inspection office of the Ministry of Transportation. To this end, the government has organised a re-orientation programme for officers to come up with acceptable behavioral approach in their relations with members of the public.
It will also help build public confidence in the agency for effective operation. The Special Assistant to the Governor on Transport, Mr. Peter Ajah explained that the aim was also to re-enlighten the officers on the core mandate of their job as public officers to realize government agenda in the sector. Mr. Ajah expressed the hope that the Ministry would achieve the target of a credible outfit that would become a reference point in traffic administration and advised the officers not to deviate from the law establishing the agency while discharging their duties.
On the need for assertiveness of the officers in carrying out their duty, a resource person and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Information, Mr. Desna Aja blamed the shortcomings of the VIO on their mindset on imposition of fines on offenders. Mr Aja advised them to adopt more civil ways of approaching motorists.
Other resource persons, Mr. Chukwunonye Okereke and Dr. Chris Asadu asked the VIO not to be rigid in their regulation of traffic rules and commended the state government’s initiative to reposition the agency. Participants in the training expressed their readiness to turn a new leaf.