The Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has issued a directive for the temporary suspension of the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) from the roads in the state with immediate effect.
It was gathered that since last week, the VIOs, under the Vehicle Inspection Service, VIS, had left all Lagos roads on the order of Ambode who has asked the officers to stay away until further notice.
It is said that the directive is in line with the current administration’s policy of compulsory training and retraining of all public workers.
According to a top government source who does not want his name mentioned who spoke to PM News, the story carried by a national daily recently which alleged that the VIOs burnt the vehicle of an arrested motorist, had not gone down well with the governor who would not tolerate unruliness in his administration.
A VIO source, however, alleged that the driver lied against the officers as the agency could not have carried out such debilitating action.
Apart from this, some complaints about alleged high-handedness and over-zealousness of some VIOs were other reasons the governor ordered them out of Lagos roads until further instruction.
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, said a VIO source who spoke to correspondents of PM News.
However, although it was learnt that no training had been organised for the officer since they left the road last week, the Ministry of Transportation is reportedly working frantically to put up a training for the officers so that they could get back on the road as soon as possible.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, in his reaction said:
“The truth is the transport ministry is undergoing restructuring, including the VIO.
“The commissioner of 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.”