Stakeholders in the transport sector in Oyo State have been admonished to cooperate with the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO), in order to enjoy smooth operations of their duties and enhance the internally generated revenue of the state.
The Commissioner for Works and Transport, Oyo State, Honorable Wasiu Dauda gave this charge during a stakeholders’ meeting with members of all the Transport Unions in the state and Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) held in Saki and Oyo towns respectively on Wednesday, 18th, January 2017.
Addressing the mammoth crowd that attended the stakeholders’ meeting, Honourable Dauda reiterated that the Ajmobi administration has the welfare of its citizenry at heart, hence, the execution of various developmental projects and provisions of social amenities in the state.
He urged the stakeholders to obtain necessary vehicle documents, to register their vehicle duly, to avoid reckless driving, to renew their vehicle licenses as and when due, and to comply with the rules and regulations laid by various road transport law enforcement officials particularly the VIO. He added that defaulters of road regulations and laws will be dealt with according to the degree of their offences because ignorance is no excuse in law.
The commissioner also appealed to the transport Unions not to see Vehicle Inspection Officers as their enemies but to cooperate with them because of their status as they are government agents. He promised that any officer (of the VIO) that is caught collecting unapproved charges should be reported immediately or handed over to the security agents.
In their separate remarks, the State Chairman National Union of Road Transport Workers, Oyo East and Road Employers Transport Association of Nigeria, Saki West Alhaji Azeez Gbadamosi and Alhaji Muraina Ekuntakoro respectively pledged their unalloyed supports to the state government and expressed their readiness to support the activities of the VIO’s to boost the IGR of the state.