By Dipo Olowookere No fewer than 24 employees of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) have been dismissed from the traffic control agency in the past two years. The affected workers were fired over cases bordering on corruption, abuse of office, extortion, impropriety and other misconduct. Chief Executive Officer of LASTMA, Mr Christian Olakpe, in an interview in Lagos, also said at least 10 personnel of the agency have also been lost to death in the period under review, while some others have suffered injuries with some resulting in amputation in the course of carrying out their duties. According to Mr Olakpe, LASTMA has also punished erring officers and men in some other ways including suspension, rank reduction and isolation, adding that the authority had received numerous complaints against its officers. \u201cThere are various avenues we use to checkmate the misconducts of officials on duty,\u201d Mr Olakpe said. \u201cWe initiated LASTMA Response Unit to carry out investigations on such complaints. \u201dThe Provost Unit was also created to mete out punishment on any of them found guilty. \u201cWe have dismissed 24 personnel in the last two years as a result of corruption, abuse of office, extortion, impropriety and other misconduct. \u201cEagle\u2019s eye is on officers on duty to ensure zero tolerance to corruption,\u201d he said. According to him, LASTMA is creating a new culture of effective human relations and efficient traffic management. \u201cWe are keying more into the rule of law, and our officers are driving more into protocol of arrest. \u201cYou can\u2019t just stop people and start fighting them on the road. \u201dWe have trained our officers to be very civil and polite while carrying out their duties. \u201cIt is unfortunate that about 10 of our officers and men were killed while controlling traffic, like Mr Bakare Olatunji, who was killed at Apapa while on duty. \u201cSome of our men also suffered injuries from irate mobs while managing traffic. \u201cWe are working with the police to bring the perpetrators to book. \u201cIt is a big task handling traffic management in Lagos state,\u201d he said. According to him, the authority has come up with 10-point agenda to check the excesses of both drivers and LASTMA personnel on duty to achieve efficiency and discipline. He said that LASTMA was also collaborating with other agencies to achieve the goals. Mr Olakpe appealed for cooperation of Lagos residents with LASTMA workers. The LASTMA boss also appealed to motorists to drive carefully and obey traffic rules and regulations. \u201cWe need people\u2019s cooperation to ensure sanity and free flow of traffic on the roads which is our mandate,\u201d he said.