To further enhance activities of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement (TRACE), Ogun State Security Trust Fund (OGSTF) has provided 10 patrol bikes and walkie-talkies to the Corps, with a charge on the Officers to be more alive to their responsibilities of traffic management, savings of lives and property.
Delivering the patrol bikes and walkie-talkies to TRACE operatives during a One-Day training programme, with the theme, “Efficient Patrol Bike Handling for Effective Service Delivery in Ogun State Traffic Management”, organised for the officers of the Corps in Abeokuta, Governor Abiodun said, it was imperative to equip the Agency with necessary tools to make it more efficient and effective in the discharge of its duties, thereby reducing road accident to the barest minimum in the State.
The Governor, who was represented by an official from the Office of Special Adviser on security, Mr. Olukoga Emmanuel, appreciated the efforts of TRACE for prompt response to traffic issues in the State, saying the gesture was in fulfilment of his promise to ensure TRACE benefitted from the Security Trust Fund towards effective road safety and management.
In his contribution, the Corps-Commander and Chief Executive Officer, Commander Olaseni Ogunyemi, represented by his Deputy Corp-Commander, Commander Olusola Bamidele, commended the government’s gesture, promising that the TRACE Corps would be alive to its responsibility of effective traffic management across the State.
While hammering on the importance of road traffic safety, which he said was in line with the major responsibility of government to protect lives and property, he urged the riders not to break the laws of social distance, hand washing, wearing of face mask and making use hand sanitizer during this period of covid-19 pandemic.
In her remark, TRACE Education Officer, Commander Oluwatoyin Fatoberu, enjoined the riders to be safely conscious, use crash helmet always, shun reckless riding and avoid taking of alcohol while on duties, charging them to adequately take care of government’s properties and always be at their duty posts.
Facilitators at the training including, Deputy Corps Commander, Commander Bamidele Olusola, Director of Administration and Supplies, Mr. Taiwo Dada, Director of Planning Research And Statistics, Commander Babatunde Ajayi, all took turn to educate the officers on safety consciousness, handling of walkie-talkie and other equipment effectively, urging them to reciprocate government’s kind gesture by making judicious use of the gadgets and adhere to rules governing TRACE operations.
The patrol bikes were thereafter distributed to Abeokuta, Sagamu, Ogere, Ikene, Ijebu-Ode, Ota, Ifo, Mowe-Ibafo Rescue Squads, as well as the Headquarters.
Temitope Akinbola & Saheed Dosunmu
Press officers, TRACE