By OLALEKAN AYENI
Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE) has organised a 2-Day workshop for its senior officers with the aim of repositioning them for a better performances during and after the yuletide season.
The annual event, TRACE Commanders’ Conference And Retreat For Senior Officers was designed 8 years ago by the Agency’s Commander/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Cdr Abdulfatai Olaseni Ogunyemi to train and retrain the personnel to enhance their capacity building and improved service delivery to reduce road traffic crashes if not totally eradicated within the state.
The programme was held between Wednesday, November 29 and 30, 2023 at Valley View Auditorium, Government House, Abeokuta, the state capital with the theme: “Traffic Management Solutions and Capacity Building as a panacea to traffic challenges in Nigeria”
In his welcoming address, Cdr Ogunyemi, noted that the training and retraining of the TRACE was aimed to reawakening them the necessity of embarking on the best way of practicing road traffic management, how to discharge their duties professionally and effectively.
He said the agency was established by Ogun State Government in 2005 amended 2007 by the state house of assembly as a social service oriented agency under public order and safety sector with the responsibility of full administration and controlling of road traffic matters within the state.
Cdr Ogunyemi noted that the agency has over the years, subjected the personnel to different levels of training and retraining programmes for human capital development geared towards professionalism and to keep them abreast of relevant traffic management techniques for effective service delivery.
“This year’s theme and sub-themes designed towards building on past success and finding lasting solutions to the perennial traffic challenges and its attendant loss of lives and property through avoidable road traffic crashes inspite government’s efforts in opening up other modes of transportation for safe and easy transit.
“TRACE records In the first half of this year (January – June, 2023), a total number of 267 crashes with 429 injured while 88 death. This is of great concern to us because most of these crashes are preventable. In addition, comparing to the year 2022 and 2021 ember months period in the state. Road traffic death reduced by 9.86% in year 2022, while the number of person injured increased by 10.55%, even though the total number of crashes reduced by 13.03%.
The workshop featured series of traffic management lectures from university Don, which include: “Traffic Management Solutions and Capacity Building as a panacea to traffic challenges in Nigeria, by the Dean of Faculty of Administration and Management Science, Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Prof Olayiwola Solanke; urban traffic management compliance and strategy, by Head, OOU Department of Transport Administration, Dr. Adisa Raji; Measures to Improve Traffic Flow and Reduce Road Accidents, By Dr Taiwo Salaam in School of Transport and Logistics, Lagos State University; and Critical Assessment of Recalcitrant Driving Behaviours, An Operational Challenge in Road Traffic Congestion and Safety, by Dr Kehinde Olojede, Federal College of Education (technical ), Akoka, Lagos.
Deputy Country Manager, United States of America, Action for Change and Empowerment (ACE), Chiamaka Ukpanwanne, donated first aid boxes to TRACE to enhance safety and reduction of fatalities on the road should accident occourred.
Governor Abiodun who was represented by his Special Adviser on Security, AIG Sola Subair (rtd) urged the TRACE operatives to be firm but fair and courteous while on the road. “Don’t be intimidated while carrying out your duty. However, you must be firm but fair and courteous, you must eschew double standard and corruption.
The agency received accolades from the top transport stakeholders for their proactive, effective and efficiency in traffic management within the state and they commended TRACE commander, ‘Seni Ogunyemi, for organising the yearly initiative.
Police, VIS, NAFDAC, SO-SAFE, Army and FRSC, pledged to sustain the synergy between them and TRACE especially in the area of security and traffic management.
“FRSC would always collaborate with TRACE in carrying out sensitisation programmes at motor parks and garages. This will go a long way in reducing menace causing traffic crashes, Ogun Sector Commander of FRSC, CC Anthony Uga, said.
Ogun State Commissioner for Transport Engr Gbenga Dairo, commended the agency for maintaining sanity on roads within the state, said sensitisation programme on safety on the roads should be regular and that government would not relent from supporting initiatives that would guarantee the reduction, if not total elimination of traffic crashes in the state.
He warned the agency’s official against indiscipline that could tarnish its image. “You have to be abreast of the law guiding the operations of TRACE, and Road Traffic Act. Always think of your safety while on the road,” he added.
Many stakeholders were awarded for supporting traffic management and control in Ogun State.