Area Commander of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) in charge of Ogun West, Commander Ajibade Adekunle has commended the new Corps Commander, Prince Seni Ogunyemi, stressing that under his regime, road accidents have reduced drastically in the state.
Speaking with TRAVELLERS MAGAZINE, Commander Ajibade pointed out that since Ogunyemi assumed duty, the activities of the Corps have improved which is a reflection of the wealth of experience garnered by the Corps Commander over the years
Explaining that TRACE has improved overtime, Ajibade said “In Ogun State, road accidents have reduced because of our new Corps Commander, Prince Seni Ogunyemi . We have been able to reduce accidents. He is grounded in traffic management and also a fellow in traffic management. Immediately, he became the head, he changed the orientation. We now work 24 hours and we give regular reports continuously. We have 24 hour surveillance and now embark on regular education of the motorists,on road safety.
Recalling the genesis of the agency, Ajibade noted that, before the introduction of TRACE, road crashes have been the order of the day with Ogun State labelled as one of the worst states in terms of road safety.
“TRACE started in March 2005 with the agenda of Otunba Gbenga Daniel. That time Ogun state was labelled as the mortuary of the federation. The death rate was high. So the governor looked at it and did a replica of Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) in Lagos. That brought about TRACE. We started from Bureau of transport”, Ajibade said.
According to Ajibade TRACE has been able to build a very good and warm working relationship with the Police, Army, Navy, FRSC, NSCDC, Customs, Fire Service amongst others
Noting that TRACE is more effective and efficient now, Ajibade said “in 2005, the rate of accidents was high. We recorded too many accidents but now it has changed and has reduced. If there is any accident, the maximum it will take to clear it is maximum 3-5 minutes. We have our division everywhere, so we co-ordinate easily whenever there is an accident.
On their achievements over the years, Ajibade noted that TRACE has provided capacity building of officers and men on the global modern technological advancement in traffic management.
Another area TRACE has positively impacted the people is their half hour road safety live educative program on daily basis in the electronic media stations.
Other achievements include their community based traffic management scheme for community traffic policing initiative; Traffic Emergency Response Scheme; LGs Traffic Mayors initiative of TRACE Mayors scheme and Schools TRACE Club to catch them young on road safety initiative, etc.
As part of its capacity building initiative, TRACE has equally trained quite a number of organisations on road safety, including the the NURTW, Okada riders, Keke NAPEP operators, churches, mosques, students, schools principals, teachers and other organisations.
In addition to training, Ajibade stated that TRACE, through the support of some organisations have been able to build and erect traffic signs in all areas under their jurisdiction.
“We partnered with private organisations
We organised children’s week to sensitise them on road safety. Not only that, we educate those who have lost their loved ones in road accidents. As part of our efforts to promote road safety, some were even sponsored to the University level. We also organised training for Local Government workers to assist us in traffic management.
Speaking further, “We partner with other sister agencies. I want to use this opportunity to Commend the Area Commander of Ota and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Commander Muyideen Obe who has been assisting us whenever we call on them.
” We organise training frequently and the present Commander has been very supportive”, Ajibade added.
Ogun West Command of TRACE comprises of Agbara, Atan, idiroko, Sango, Ota and Ijoko axis.