By Jennifer Y Omiloli
Godwin Obaseki, Edo State Governor, has approved automatic promotion for 33 outstanding officials of the Edo State Traffic Management Agency (EDSTMA), who have shown commitment, dedication and diligence in discharging their duties.
Obaseki gave rewarded the 33 selected outstanding EDSTMA officials, who he said have given their best to ease vehicular and human movements in the state.
The governor, who was visibly delighted over their elevation, said his administration and the people of the state were proudly delighted at the new EDSTMA and its officials.
“You have won the hearts of the people through the new approach to traffic management, and despite various provocations you receive daily from motorists and pedestrians, you have remained resolute and displayed unquestionable character. Many of you have displayed diligence while discharging your duties.” Obaseki said.
He further stressed that the process was transparent as both the management and the people of Edo State recommended the officials through various reports which were followed and investigated.
“From my observation, almost all of you are good officials except a very few who choose to do otherwise, but actions are always taken when complaints come.” Obaseki said.
“As a government, we are going to recruit additional 250 EDSTMA officials before the end of the year to further ease some of the challenges faced by the agency.” The governor continued.
“Today, we are rewarding those of you who have been outstanding in your duties. I have been advised that all of you should be promoted to the next rank and step, to motivate you and stimulate productivity in your field. I say thank you for making us proud as you are one of our success stories as we celebrate two years in office. Each of you will get N250, 000 and hopefully, this would motivate you to put in your best.” He said.
The governor explained that he has received report and proposal to install traffic lights across the Benin metropolis as well as Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras to curb violation of traffic.
“I wonder why some people would disobey traffic lights (signs) when as a governor, I obey it.” He added.
Earlier, Dennis Oloriegbe, the managing director of the agency, thanked the governor for the opportunity given to them to serve the people of the state, and explained that through the commendation of the public and media, the 33 officials were selected for the reward.
Dennis Oloriegbe, while responding on behalf of the awardees, thanked EDSTMA management and the state governor for the opportunities given to them to contribute their quota to the state’s development through traffic management, and pledged further commitment and dedication to their duties.
“This is a motivating factor for us and we promise to continue to do our best to serve the state,” he said.