Lagos State government yesterday concluded a one week training course for over 500 officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, aimed at equipping them with necessary knowledge and skills to manage traffic with Hi-Tech equipments.
Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa while addressing the officers at the end of the training held in Alausa Secretariat, said that the training will help the officers to utilise the hi-tech equipments that would be acquired by the state government very soon for traffic management in the state.
According to Opeifa, “The state government has concluded plans to acquire hi-tech traffic software to move traffic and transport management from the present manual analogue to a more sophisticated and scientific based mode.”
He added that the training and the equipments will afford the officers ability to manage traffic with easy. The commissioner expressed the hope that participants would at the end of the training master the fundamentals of the various areas of hi-tech traffic and incidence management and other strategic related areas.
Earlier in his goodwill message, the Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Adesegun Ogunlewe said that the workshop provides a veritable platform for professionals to learn about best practices which are in conformity with acceptable global standard in some areas of core competence in traffic and traffic engineering.
Mr Ogunlewe, described the training as a step in the right direction as the government could now boast of informed professionals and institutions that would consistently seek to improve the process of service delivery, while not compromising standard and compliance.
Declaring the workshop open, the Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions, Mrs. Florence Oguntuase, said public servants should understand the key policy thrust of the State Government in order to situate the relevance and importance of their services.
The Commissioner therefore charged the participants to absorb all the knowledge they can and subsequently put them to good use at their various duty posts to justify the investment of the government in improving their competences and capabilities.
The all inclusive workshop have participants drawn from Ministries, Departments and Agencies whose services directly or indirectly impact on public transportation including students from the School of Transport of the Lagos State University, Ojo.
The facilitators are from two world acclaimed Transport Engineering Consortium from the United States of America, Info Trans Engineering Incorporated, New Jersey and Sam Schwartz Engineers, New York.
It is expected that the participants at the end of workshop would be able to identify techniques and conduct Road Safety Audit, design effective traffic control plan and demonstrate detailed understanding of advanced incident management and rescue operations, amongst others.
By Olasunkanmi Akoni