Transformational leadership role over One Hundred (100) officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) were honoured with merit awards and gifts on Monday. The event which took place at the conference room of the agency at Oshodi was one of the avenues designed by the agency to build culture of excellence and appreciate monumental achievements recorded by laudable officers during the year.
The event which lived up to its top billing had in attendance the Chairman of the agency, Mr Young Arabamen, The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mr Lawal Pedro, SAN and the General Manager of the agency, Engr. Babatunde Edu . In his address, the Chairman of the agency noted that the officers have distinguished themselves in the performance of their duty in the year 2014. According to him, the awardees were nominated on the ground of diligence, courteous behaviour and dedication to duty.
Arabamen commended the lucky winners and advised them not to relent on their oasis but to work harder towards the greater height. The former police boss demanded a five minute prayer for the departed officers who lost their lives while on active service. Post humors awards were given to the late officers while their families went home with cash prices.
The chairman noted that the three disabled people who bagged merit awards and cash prices was in demonstration of the state government commitment to the welfare of the people. He charged all the awardees to always ensure that the State is free of unnecessary congestion as well as preventable accidents which could endanger the lives of motorists. He urged others to put in their best and not to see themselves as losers but to strive hard and impact positively motorists.
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice, Mr Lawal Pedro noted that the primary assignment of traffic officer is to ensure sanity and safety on our roads and urged them not to relent on their oars in ensuring free flow Lagos roads. Pedro advised the officers to work within the ambit of the law so that government can defend their actions on the road. He also urged the motoring public to be road friendly user and voluntarily comply by traffic rules and regulation and also corporate with traffic managers on the road.
In his response one of the awardees Kayode Odunuga expressed gratitude to the management for the recognition bestowed on them and noted that for effective traffic management and control, officers must show kindness, fairness, respect for road users and also exhibit leadership by example by being discipline, selfless, committed and abiding by the norms and values of the civil service.