The newly elected Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced a 100 per cent increase in the allowances of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority officials (LASTMA).

He said this was to encourage and motivate the workers in the accomplishment of their duties, adding that it was in fulfilment of his vision to make traffic management and transportation the number one priority in his administration.

The governor made the announcement during an interactive session with the staff of the agency when he paid an official visit to the operation’s headquarters.

In a statement by his deputy Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, the governor said, “As from the end of the month of July, we shall increase your allowances by 100 per cent. This would enable you to perform optimally. To whom much is given, much is expected.”

The governor also warned the officials to desist from any act of corruption and that they should be courteous and civil even when arresting an offender.

Some LASTMA staff, who spoke during the session, appealed to the governor to assist the agency in areas such as equipment, medical treatment and insurance for them to deliver more efficiently.

In response, the governor announced free treatment for every LASTMA official in the state. He also promised a more conducive working environment for the staff such as repair of damaged vehicles and motorbikes, provision of raincoats, and other tools.

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