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Lagos sacks 157 LASTMA officers over misconduct

For involving in gross misconduct bothering on corruption, and indiscipline, the Lagos State Government has sacked 157 officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).
Our correspondent learnt that the dismissed LASTMA officers were dragged to the Personnel Management Board, a disciplinary organ of government to prove their innocence but failed to convince the board hence they were sacked.

The PMB, satisfied that they were no-longer fit in the service, while the Civil Service Commission issued sacked letters to the affected officers. It was further gathered that the sacked officers also had cases of corruption, certificate forgery, bribery and dereliction of duty leveled against them.

According to a reliable source, the names of another batch of about 50 LASTMA officers had just been forwarded to the Personnel Management Board to look into cases of gross misconduct against them, as more LASTMA officers might be sacked in few weeks to come.

It will be recalled that over 250 LASTMA officers were dismissed last year by the government for gross misconduct, corruption, among others.

As sanitization exercise continues in LASTMA, the state government had before now said the authority would not tolerate indolence and indiscipline in any form, warning that officers whose conduct would tarnish the image of the state would be shown the way out. The government urged the public to report officers found misbehaving in the cause of performing their official duties to the government for appropriate sanction and discipline.

To instill discipline in the officers, the state government last year embarked on career evaluation training of LASTMA officers in batches where they were taught to be professionals and civilised in dealing with the public. They were also made to undergo community services, but such training had been a ruse for some of them who were bent on tarnishing the image of the government.

The Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa said government would not condone any form of indiscipline among LASTMA officers. Opeifa said, “The LASTMA authority is strict in applying disciplinary measures as nobody that has done wrong will go unpunished.”
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