The Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said the state government will introduce bye-laws and other measures to check recklessness among drivers.
The governor disclosed this after inspecting facilities of the Edo State Traffic Control and Management Agency (EDSTMA), including the Drivers Training Academy and Manpower Development Centre.
He said, “Traffic is a major issue for us in the city. We are working very hard with experts on what to do to ease traffic congestion in the state. The leading causes of traffic congestion are unwholesome practices among drivers, particularly commercial drivers and people who refuse to obey traffic signs.
“I am here to make sure that we put in place facilities to train and apprehend defaulters, and see how well equipped the traffic agency is and to understand their challenges.”
Obaseki further stated, “In the next few weeks, apart from amending a few bye-laws, we are going to be taking measures to curb the sort of recklessness that we see with drivers in the city.”
“We are going to have a magistrate court to secure convictions, and ensure that people comply with the law,” he said.
The managing director, EDSTMA, Mr. Dennis Oloriegbe, said,the agency has trained over 1,200 drivers, comprising drivers apprehended for serious traffic offences and others within the civil service at the academy.