Ambode: Governor orders VIOs out of Lagos roads
The Governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode has ordered Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) out of Lagos roads.
A VIO source says the Governor asked the officers to go for a re-training course in the use of modern technology. According to Punch, the source said that VIOs might be called back to their beats soon. The Lagos state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde said that the government is restructuring the ministry of transportation including the VIOs. Ayorinde said “The truth is that the transport ministry is undergoing restructuring, including the VIOs. The commissioner for 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 believe that the VIOs’ activities should be technologically driven and more. These will be seen soon.” Another source who spoke to Punch, said “The story on a painter, whose car got burnt in VIO’s custody, caused a discreet investigation into the activities of the outfit and I can tell you that the report was not palatable.
“Apart from this, complaints about the overzealousness of some VIO men have reached a high level.”
The governor, who said he would not tolerate any highhandedness in his administration, ordered them out of Lagos roads until further notice.”
The Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) is a directorate in the Ministry of Transportation. The service is established to inspect, control regulate and enforce the road worthiness of motor vehicles in the state. Some of their duties include: Pre-registration inspection of vehicles, providing accessible emergency services, inspection and issuance of Road Worthiness Certificate (RWC) in respect of all vehicles and training and testing of applicants for driver’s licence, among others.
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