17th September, 2012
In readiness to enforce the new road traffic law, the Lagos State Government has sent 7,916 enforcement officers on four-week training.
The training involves 7,916 officers consisting of 2,749 from the Lagos State Transport Management Agency, LASTMA; 1,011 from Kick Against Indiscipline, KAI and 4,156 Neighbourhood Watch members.
The training “is designed to determine the suitability and ability of each personnel for the assigned job as officers entrusted to promote law and order in the state, receive appropriate re-orientation and professionalism of the officers in their respective agencies,” says Dr. Mariam Masha, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Transport Education in a statement.
The training is in furtherance of the quest by the state Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola to promote law and order in the state by continuously improving the quality of personnel in the various law enforcement agencies and maintaining a professional status by instituting training programmes that are practical, effective and consistent with contemporary international best practices.
According to Masha, the career evaluation training which commences on Monday, 24 September, is aimed at equipping the officers with the requisite skills to ensure law and order in the state.
It is also expected to enhance the capacity of the officers to effectively implement the recently passed Lagos Road Traffic Law.
The statement further explained that the training was informed by government’s appreciation of the difficult yet important position law enforcement officers are exposed to in their duty to promote law and order by helping to regulate human behaviour on a daily basis, adding, “The decision taken by them, which are often taken on the spot, affect peoples’ lives.”
The officers, who will undergo the training as a team “in order to promote trust and espirit de corps among them to better serve the public”, according to the statement, would be trained through seminars and scenario-based sessions which are designed to enhance learning as well as build trust and confidence in the people who they serve.
“The project areas include, but not limited to, community service, where officers will work in various communities to tackle issues ranging from traffic, environment and security as well as volunteering in homes, orphanages and rehabilitation centres across the state”, the statement said.
The training, to be held at the Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC), Magodo, will span a 20-month period to cater for all the officers, the statement said.