Sanwo-Olu Removes Oreagba as LASTMA GM, Appoints Bakare-Ori
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has sacked the General Manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr Bolaji Oreagba.
It was disclosed that Mr Oreagba was removed from office because of the various incidences of misdemeanours among staff of the traffic control agency.
According to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transportation, Mr Olawale Musa, the Governor has appointed Mr Olalekan Bakare-Oki as the acting general manager of LASTMA with immediate effect to bring sanity into the organisation.
Mr Musa explained that the new chief of LASTMA was favoured for the position for “better performance, eradicating incidences of misdemeanours among staff and continued efficient/effective traffic management on Lagos roads.”
According to Mr Musa in a statement on Thursday night, Mr Bakare-Oki joined the Lagos State Public Service on April 25, 2000, and rose through the ranks over the years to the post of Deputy Director, Logistics and Engineering Department of LASTMA, before his new appointment as acting general manager.
He holds a Master’s degree in Transportation Planning and Management from the University of Lagos and has attended several capacity-building programmes on inter-modal traffic management systems locally and internationally.
Congratulating the newly appointed general manager, the permanent secretary urged him “to justify Governor Sanwo-Olu’s confidence in his appointment by rising up to the occasion, while bringing his wealth of experience to take the Agency to greater heights.”
Mr Musa also conveyed the appreciation and gratitude of “Mr Governor to the outgoing General Manager, Mr Bolaji Oreagba, for his commitment, dedication and meritorious service to the state.”
Recall that last week, officials of LASTMA were alleged to have pursued a motorist in Gbagada, who killed two road sweepers.