The incumbent Chairman, Ado Odo Ota, Local Government Area, Ogun State, Mr. Sheriff Olawale Musa, has pledged to collaborate with the state’s Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), in the fulfillment of their core mandate of managing traffic, reducing road crashes and improving compliance to traffic regulations, especially in Sango Ota and environs.
The chairman made the pledge when a team of officers from the Area 4 Command of TRACE led by Cdr. Adekunle Ajibade, the Area Commander, paid him a courtesy visit to officially welcome him as the newly elected chairman, and to intimate him with the operational procedure of the Corps, with the view to securing his collaboration and those of the other elected ward councilors.
According to Cdr. Adekunle Ajibade: “ In compliance with the directives of CDR. Seni Ogunyemi, the Corps Commander/CEO, who mandated all area/divisional commanders to undertake courtesy visits in order to acquaint themselves with newly elected local government chairmen, we are here to strengthen the existing relationship, between the Corps and the local government, especially with your administration, so we can be on the same page in terms of collaborating to rid Ota of the perennial traffic gridlocks, also to intimate you with certain practice perpetrated by road users which are inimical to maintaining sanity on our roads in Ota. In the first instance, I would like you to note that you are free to call me or any of the officers here, especially those working within ward jurisdiction to intimate or report traffic situations requiring our attention.
“Chief among the motoring attitude unacceptable to us is driving against traffic, which is popularly known as ‘one way’, and it is unfortunate to note this culture is rampant with motorists on Ota roads, and to our displeasure when perpetrators are caught, we will be inundated with calls from notable people, especially from this council, asking us to bend the rules and release them.” He added.
Ajibade speaking with Travellers magazine averred that the Corps will henceforth go tough with such offenders, ensuring that the full weight of the law is brought to bear on such people, he, however, said the Corps is ready to collaborate with the council to ensure the smooth execution of its traffic management operations, stating that TRACE Traffic mayors initiative is opened to members of the council to join for the attainment of sanity on Ota roads.
While appreciating the Corps for the visit, Mr. Sheriff Musa said: “We acknowledge the high level of commitment exhibited by your agency in the management of traffic in this town, you will agree with me that Ota and Sagamu harbours the highest volume of traffic in the state, making it tasking for any agency to have a full grasp of traffic management in these places, yet, your agency had done relatively well. I will however like to state that more is still being expected of you in the area of capacity building for your operatives, through training and retraining, to firm up their individual performances.
As it has been confirmed by agents of the Federal Government that street traders and urchins are part of the factors inhibiting the execution of repair works in Ota, we will collaborate with TRACE to carry out sensitisation exercises with the aim to eradicate or stem it down to the barest minimum before the introduction of enforcement. I will lookout for more of these meetings to strategize on areas of collaboration, cooperation, and how to get people to participate in TRACE Traffic mayors.
The number of those involved in street trading is low compared to the number of those using the road, so we cannot allow few people bring discomfort to the high number of other road users.”