Yesterday, Tuesday, December 8, would be a day officers and staff of the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) in Kaduna state would not forget as the government of the state announced the dissolution and total closure of the state’s VIO office.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state who made this announcement via an executive order signed on his behalf, said the closure of the office and subsequent dismissal of its officers and staff was due to the corruption and indiscipline of the personnel, and their lack of respect for the public.
The statement signed by the spokesman to the governor, Samuel Aruwan, said the order was effective immediately.
Read the Government’s Statement in Full:
“The Kaduna state government has dissolved the Vehicle Identification Office (VIO). The governor has signed an executive order giving immediate effect to this decision. All personnel of the VIO are to promptly withdraw from the streets, and the permanent staff of the agency are directed to report with their uniforms to the commissioner for works, housing and transport.
“With this decision, the casual staff have become surplus to requirements and accordingly dispensed with forthwith. The permanent staff of the defunct VIO are to report to the commissioner of works, housing and transport for further instructions.
“Anyone found on Kaduna streets purporting to be a VIO from today, Tuesday, 8 December, 2015, will be treated as an impostor and will be arrested by the Police for immediate prosecution for impersonation. Appropriate announcements will be made when a replacement agency is ready to commence operations.
“Following deliberations at the executive council and the security council, the government came to the conclusion that the VIO as currently constituted does not serve the public interest. The government has noted complaints from members of the public and the security agencies regarding widespread indiscipline, misconduct, alleged extortion and disrespect to citizens by VIO personnel.
“Government is taking steps to review and reassign the functions hitherto performed by the VIO. A new structure, fitter for purpose and oriented for proper public service, will be formed and announced soon.
“While a replacement agency for the VIO is in the works, the Kaduna state government wishes to reiterate that no staff or agency of the public service is allowed to collect or receive cash payment.
“State laws prohibit the collection of cash revenues by any person, authority or organization. All payments to the government must be conducted through a bank or via electronic channels.”