By Stanley Onyekwere
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has charged the Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), otherwise known as Vehicles Inspection Officers (VIO) to ensure strict adherence to best standard of operations, as it would not hesitate to take appropriate measures against any of the officers found wanting.
In particular, VIO officers are strongly advised eschew all forms of corruption and other activities that may mar the conduct of their duty.
This caution was made by the
FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, during the passing out parade held recently at the Old Parade Ground, Garki-Abuja.
Bello, who spoke through a director in the office of the FCT permanent secretary, Mr. Samuel Attang, explained that the successful completion of the training exercise for the officers is part of the administration’s determination to sanitise the road sector and ensure a safe, functional and efficient transport system in the Federal Capital City (FCC).
He reiterated that the administration was mindful of manpower deficiency in the sector, hence the need for the recruitment and training, adding that the exercise is a demonstration of the FCTA’s stand to ensure excellence service to residents of the Territory.
It was gathered that the directorate had recently recruited 231 new staff, who received training organised by the directorate in the last one month.
Earlier, the acting secretary for Transport Secretariat, Mrs. Alice Odey-Achu, had noted that this is the first time in about 10 years that such a number of officers would be added to the staff strength of the directorate.
Odey-Achu said that staff of the directorate are expected to be on the part of righteousness as required by the service, warning that the administration would not condone any act of indiscipline or corruption in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Represented by the Director of DRTS, Alhaji Wadata Aliyu Bodinga, the acting secretary also warned all staff of the directorate to desist from unwholesome attitude that are inimical to good image of the organisation and the public service.
She maintained that training and retraining of officers of the directorate would be continuous, thereby ensuring that all staff have the necessary skills to perform their duties, optimally, in line with international best practices.