Executive Chairman of Oyo State Traffic Management Authority, (OYRTMA), Mogaji Akin Fagbemi, has said that the performance of its officials in traffic management is targeted at being improved upon through workshop on capacity building.

The chairman spoke on Friday, April 16, 2021, during a one-day capacity building for officers, which was organised by Oyo State government, and held at the agency’s operational headquarters in Ibadan.

Admonishing motorists and riders to comply with Oyo State traffic rules and regulations, Fagbemi stated that the administration of the state governor, Seyi Makinde, had embarked on establishing several infrastructural facilities, such as installations of street lights, as well as traffic lights, across major cities in the state, with a view of curtailing road accidents.

Fagbemi added: “This is OYRTMA, and the main aim of our men is to keep the road users, motorists and the pedestrian safe.

“Today, we are having capacity building for the commanders of OYRTMA, the first of its kind, as approved by Governor Makinde.

“You will recall that at the beginning of the year, he spoke clearly on his support towards ensuring that civil servants and those who work within the state have the opportunity to improve themselves through trainings and workshops like this.

“And we, as the managers of the road, feel there is a need for us to educate ourselves the more, for better service delivery.

“We spoke to His Excellency, and he approved this exercise. So, we use this opportunity to thank him.

“We invited our sister agency, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), because we know they have been on the ground for many years, and have more experience than we do, with which they cover the country.

“Synergising and understanding issues, and better management of traffic within the state, will enhance our job, hence the need to build capacity. That is why we are here today.

“All our commanders are graduates and well-educated. I believe very strongly, looking at the content of today’s workshop, that they will be well-positioned.

“They will be better informed to relate with the members of the public with regards to road and traffic management, and in terms of rescue.

“Having capacity building like this will not only enhance their knowledge, but also help the society and the state. It will give them more strength mentally and make them do what they are expected to do.”

In his remarks, the General Manager of OYRTMA, Adeoye Ayoade, stated that the capacity workshop was a giant stride in the annals of history of OYRTMA.

According to Adeoye, “this is another giant stride in the annals of OYRTMA’s history, and all praises to God who gave us the opportunity to be here this morning.

“I want to also appreciate our chairman for his unrelenting efforts to ensure that the men and officers of the agency are equipped with the modern traffic management techniques, which has afforded us the training of today.

“We want to also appreciate and thank the Sector Commander of FRSC, Oyo State, for the opportunity granted us in this agency.

“Let me also appreciate the governor who approved this training, and it is our utmost joy to be here for this programme, which, we believe, will, in turn, afford us more effective and new strategies as far as traffic management in the state is concerned.”

The training workshop also had in attendance the FRSC officials, among others.

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