CITY NEWS How N7,200 bribe puts eight Firm eu­lo­gizes com­mu­nity, labour part­ner­ship LASTMA of­fi­cials in trou­ble

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - From Ke­hinde Akinyemi, Abeokuta From Nu­rudeen Oye­wole, Lagos

Bev­er­ages man­u­fac­tur­ing firm, Nes­tle Nige­ria Plc has hinted of its plan to ex­pand its pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity in Sagamu, Ogun State to be able to pro­vide more em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­di­genes.

The Head, Hu­man Re­sources, Sola Adeyosoye who dis­closed this when the lead­er­ship of the Nige­rian Labour Congress (NLC) paid a cour­tesy visit to the com­pany said that the Sagamu plant is cur­rently oc­cu­pied with pro­duc­tion ac­tiv­ity which is quite small for the land, “and this is de­lib­er­ate, be­cause we have an ex­pan­sion plan for the land. In the very near fu­ture, we are com­ing up with a pro­duc­tion that will pro­vide more em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple in the area.”

The Hu­man Re­sources man­ager ac­knowl­edged the pos­i­tive role the or­gan­ised labour has been play­ing to the growth of the com­pany, say­ing, “here at Nes­tle, we give credit to what­ever suc­cess we achieved to the labour (staff) who have al­ways been faith­ful to us. We have the best work­ing staff in the coun­try with us. They en­gage us with top qual­ity ideas. No mat­ter the level of ed­u­ca­tion you have, the work­ers here will match you on any is­sue. The part­ner­ship is not some­thing you get ev­ery­where.”

The Ogun State chair­man of the NLC, Com­rade Akeem Am­bali said the team was im­pressed by the en­vi­ron­ment and hy­giene na­ture the com­pany pro­vide, stress­ing that the visit was meant “to fa­mil­iar­ize with the com­pany and not to come and bang the ta­ble with the man­age­ment.

The Provost Mar­shal of the Lagos State Traf­fic Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (LASTMA), Mr Femi Aji­bosho has nar­rated how he caught and ar­rested eight of­fi­cials of the agency while they were al­legedly try­ing to col­lect N7,200 bribe from mo­torists in Agege-Pen Cinema Of­fice.

Aji­bosho, in a state­ment by LASTMA Pub­lic Af­fairs of­fi­cer, Mah­mud Hassan noted that the af­fected of­fi­cials were Adebeshin Ade­ola, Davies Idowu, Fo­lashade Abo­lade, Shittu Lanre, Akinkotu Olu­soga, Olowu Said, Olaoye Pe­ter and Ade­bola Said.

The state­ment noted that the duo of Adeshina and Davies had ear­lier ar­rested two Lagos painted com­mer­cial buses with regis­tra­tion num­bers FKJ 770 XT and KRD 558 XM driven by one Olatunji May­owa and Dona­tus Eze re­spec­tively at Abule Egba area of the state for seat belt vi­o­la­tion.

The agency had re­cently dis­missed 20 of­fi­cials for var­i­ous cor­rupt prac­tices and 15 oth­ers re­ceived let­ters of warn­ing for var­i­ous acts con­sid­ered in­im­i­cal to the agency and ser­vice of the Lagos state gov­ern­ment.

“The ac­tions of the driv­ers were in vi­o­la­tions of the Lagos State Traf­fic Laws, and the buses were sub­se­quently ap­pre­hended and taken to the Agege-Pen cinema of­fice of the agency. How­ever, the mat­ter took a new twist at the Agege of­fice when the ap­pre­hend­ing of­fi­cials in con­junc­tion with the Gen­eral Duty Of­fi­cer de­manded for the sum of N7,200 from each of the bus driv­ers be­fore the re­lease of the buses.

“The driv­ers, know­ing the po­si­tion of LASTMA on cor­rup­tion and hav­ing lis­tened to var­i­ous me­dia pro­grammes where of­fi­cial com­plaint num­bers were given, alerted the agency and marked cur­rency were given to the com­plainants and col­lected by the of­fi­cials in a suc­cess­ful sting op­er­a­tion or­gan­ised and co­or­di­nated by the Provost Mar­shal of theBa­gency, Mr Femi Aji­bosho,” the state­ment said

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, the Provost Mar­shal ar­rived when Abo­lade was about col­lect­ing N7,200 from Dona­tus Eze, while the col­lected marked money of N7,200 of Olatunji May­owa was found on her af­ter search.

“All the traf­fic of­fi­cials in­volved in this shame­ful act have been re­leased on bail, but are to face the full weight of the Lagos State Pub­lic Ser­vice Rules and Reg­u­la­tions,” a part of the state­ment read.

From left: Lagos State Gover­nor, Mr. Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode, con­grat­u­lat­ing the Win­ner of the Men’s Sin­gle, As­sar Omar from Egypt while the Run­ner Up, Gandhi Sarthak from In­dia, watches dur­ing the Sea­mas­ter ITTF Chal­lenge Nige­ria Open at the Tes­lim Ba­lo­gun Sta­dium, Su­rulere, on Sun­day

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