Enugu Begins Recruitment of Adhoc Traffic Officers
The Enugu government has commenced recruitment of 500 adhoc traffic officers for the State Traffic Management Agency, ESTMA.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Ogbonna Idike disclosed this on Wednesday while speaking on the activities of the ministry.
He said the recruitment of the traffic officers will improve the capacity of the state Traffic Management Agency under the ministry of transport to carry out its mandate effectively.
“If you look at the manpower of the Enugu State Ministry of Transport, 314 traffic officers, His Excellency in his own wisdom decided to give approval for us to recruit additional five hundred traffic officers. There are a lot of people in the street without jobs. We have received applications from people in Enugu State and other neighbouring states.” He said.
Idike also expressed concern over flagrant violation of traffic rules and regulations by motorists, especially commercial transporters and warned that violators would face the full wrath of the law.
He reminded tricycles and mini-bus operators that 6-9 pm operational time was still in force.
“Traffic management is a very serious issue especially as it concerns the motorist and the pedestrian. In Enugu state we take it seriously because it is life of the people.
“Whether you are driver or a passenger, when there is a problem, any person could be harmed, injured or could even die. What we are trying to do is to ensure that we make provision for everyone to have safety in the state. And we cannot do it without the people.
“We have embarked on sensitization, we have embarked on aggressive training of transporters in the state. Two months ago the approved training for all tri circle operators in the state which are more than ten thousand but less than 4000 people participate.
“Before we can do our business as transporters in Enugu, we need to understand what the traffic laws is, what traffic rules and regulations are. These are the things that will guide us to operate on the road. Most of the times when we commit traffic offence, our people do not understand that they are supposed to obey traffic rules.