By Stanley Okehie
Imo State Government has assured of its readiness to rid the state of gridlock through efficient and effective traffic management plan.
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Hope Uzodinma on Traffic Management, Hon. Saviour Chima Okiro stated this in his office during an interactive session with Journalists.
Okiro who said he began his work as an appointee of the state government with familiarization visits to security agencies, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Civil Guard and others, expressed satisfaction that the visits helped him to deliver on the mandate of traffic management in Owerri, Orlu and Okigwe zones.
The SSA also said he embarked on survey of all traffic flashpoints to determine the actual cause of traffic in the State, and the outcome of the survey, Okiro informed, gave rise to the rehabilitation of some already existing traffic lights and installation of new ones in about 19 locations within Owerri metropolis.
Okiro attributed the cause of gridlocks in the state to bad roads and commended Governor Hope Uzodinma for his genuine interventions on Imo roads.
Okiro noted that he carried out physical verification of Civil Guard personnel who manage traffic to determine the ghost workers and the unproductive ones among them, adding that the report is before the governor, pending approval.
He however, proposed training and re-orientation for civil guard personnel, regretting that sometimes, they cause mayhem than help the situation with regards to easing traffic in the state.
Speaking on the governor’s one year in office, Okiro affirmed that Governor Uzodinma has done wonderfully well, adding that, Imo State will witness a major transformation in the next three years.
The SSA urged the Governor to continue with the good works of his administration and appealed to Imo citizens to shun fake news aimed at discrediting the person and office of the governor.
He enjoined drivers to be cautious and obey traffic rules and regulations, while calling on Heavy Duty Truck Drivers to make use of the allotted time for their operations.