The Lagos State Government insists it has not banned Officials of the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) from roads across the State.
A statement signed by the Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Anofiu Elegushi, clarified that what was rumoured in some section of the media as total removal of the VIS was just an attempt to rejig its operations and strategies to enhance service delivery.
A widely circulated media report on Monday had purportedly claimed that the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has banned the VIS from being on Lagos Roads.
But the government said the media report was far from the truth, stating emphatically that the State Government has not in any way banned the VIS in the State from discharging its responsibilities.
Elegushi said: “For the avoidance of doubt, it is noted that the VIS is visibly off the road to facilitate the training of its personnel, especially with respect to a new regime of enforcement as dictated by the new thinking with respect to available technical know-now of enforcement.
“To avail Lagosians the benefit of the new Radio Frequency Identification data base and Automatic Number Plate Recognition acquired for the outfit, appropriate training is required. The State Government has thus commenced the training of the VIS personnel to adapt and deploy the two modern technologies of enforcement, like what is obtainable in the 21st century.”
He said the recent step by the State Government was part of its commitment to make VIS more civil in approach and to operate in line with best practices.
Elegushi said the Agency was also carrying out routine public enlightenment campaign at motor parks and other public places, including their VIS Centres, in order to further educate and sensitize Lagosians of their roles and obligations in terms of safety of lives and property on our roads.
“While it bears restating that the enforcement is important, our enforcement strategy will take a totally different pattern with less emphasis on impoundment on the roads, a situation that does not augur well for the vision of a functional Lagos of the 21st Century.
“We will also like to call owners to partner with us and ensure that appropriate certifications are obtained before they put their vehicles on the road. It is the way of civilised people and Lagosians must act accordingly”, the Acting Commissioner said.
Elegushi also restated the State Government’s confidence in the discipline, patriotism and dedication to duty of the VIS officials.