Ogun Embraces ICT for Trafic Management

The Ogun State Government has pledged to ensure safety of road users, through effective Information Communication Technology, that will further boost the capacity of TRACE officers in tandem with the universal best practices.

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun stated this in Abeokuta, at the 6th Annual Corps Commanders’ Conference, expressing support for the ICT driven initiative.

Abiodun, represented by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Salisu Shuaib, said the theme of the Conference: “Panacea for our Traffic Woes: Improving Road Safety through Technology Driven Road and Traffic Management” was apt, pledging to provide TRACE with logistic which would ensure that the Corps continues to maintain its pride of place in road traffic management.

He charged motorists and other road users to cooperate with the Agency by adhering to traffic rules and regulations, adding that it was important to always obey speed limit and traffic light, especially during the ember months, which is characterised with heavy flow of movement.

“As the officers of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), carry out their duties to ensure our safety, it is expected that we show our commitment and appreciation of their efforts by not violating the traffic rules and regulations. Most importantly, it is expedient to tell our people to drive carefully, and take necessary precautions, particularly in the course of this ember period”, Abiodun said.

Speaking, the Ogun State Head of Service, Doctor Nafiu Aigoro commended TRACE officers for their relentless service and diligence, saying that their efforts in the Ogun State Traffic Corridor was invaluable.

The number one Civil Servant in the State pointed out that transportation is a key component of economic advancement, hence safety of lives and property on the roads could not be overemphasised.

Earlier in his address, the TRACE Corps Commander and Chief Executive Officer, Commander Olaseni Ogunyemi said it was imperative to build the capacity of TRACE officers, enable them discharge their duties effectively.

“TRACE Corps operatives, particularly middle level officers, who are next in succession, have been exposed to diverse levels of training and re-training geared towards professionalism, in order to enhance their capacity and capability in this digitised age. It is important that our men possess the ICT knowledge “, he said.

Ogunyemi added that the annual colloquium has become a veritable platform to generate ideas, thoughts, as well as fashion out ways and manners on how best to resolve the perennial road traffic challenges and its attendant consequences.

In his submission, the Ogun State Commissioner for Transportation, Engr. Gbenga Dairo noted that the Conference has the impetus to improve the human development capacity of the Corps, adding that the theme, “Panacea for our Traffic Woes: Improving Road Safety through Technology Driven Road and Traffic Management” was inconsonance with the aspiration of the present administration.

“If you put into use, the knowledge and deliberations gathered at the conference, it will transform the Corps to a model among its peers”, he said.

Speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Establishment and Training (ESTAB), Mrs. Lydia Fajohunbo emphasised the need for Ministries, Departments and Agencies to include training in their budget, as it remains a veritable tool of improved productivity.

Also present at the event were officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), So Safe Corp and other security agencies.