Fashola Seeks Support And Partnership Of Professional Bodies And Corporate Organisations On Voluntary Compliance With Road Traffic And Tax Laws
Aug 27, 2012 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Monday sought the support and partnership of professional bodies and corporate organizations in the quest to achieve voluntary compliance for the newly enacted Lagos Road Traffic Law and State tax laws.
The Governor who spoke in his office when he received the Governing Council of the Institute of Directors (IOD) on a courtesy call and conferment of an award on Corporate Governance on him noted that government would be better off when there is voluntary compliance as the cost of enforcement of the law is always a charge to the public fund.
The Governor also sought the support of members of the Institute of Directors especially those involved transport and transport related businesss to ensure that their drivers, truck drivers and vehicle operators comply with the provisions of the Law.
He added that the State has five Drivers Institutes which have equipment and simulators to assist the organizations with the training and organizing of refresher courses for the drivers and operators.
He enjoined the organization to work with the Nigerian Ports Authority and tank farm owners to ensure that before any tanker loads crude oil, it must have met some basic minimum standards of safety.
"If you operate trailers and tankers and your tankers fall down and kill people. The question is, have you really done good business or acted with the best Corporate Governance goals as an organization?"
"Or, if you operate containers without proper safety measures and kill some innocent people today, it could possibly be you tomorrow. If tankers explode and burn 20 cars, it only means somebody somewhere is using substandard trucks and I think we can work together to make changes".
The Governor who also spoke on the role of the State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) in the enforcement of the State Traffic law explained that the government is more interested in free flow of traffic and movement of people than contravening offenders.
He urged the Institute to partner the State Government in helping to develop the capacity of the operatives of LASTMA to respond and manage people adding that government is already embarking on training and retraining of the men and mentoring by religious leaders and notables in the society to make them perform better.
Fashola assured Lagosians of his determination to enforce the law and adviced them to get out of the notion that any time any civilian government enforces laws it is will not be effective.
The Governor who stated that he took on board all of the suggestions proffered by the team sought their participation in the State Corporate Assembly which he explains holds bi-annually.
He said through the Corporate Assembly, all members of the Organized Private Sectors be it in the Institute of Directors, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and Chambers of Commerce are all brought under one umbrella and have all issued addressed by the government.
He commended the Institute for insisting on not conferring the award by proxy, stressing that several rules have been broken in the past for convenience and created problems with such gestures.
While accepting the award, the Governor dedicated it to members of the cabinet and all public servants who have toiled endlessly to ensure that the present administration achieved the strides which it has recorded since it assumed office.
Speaking earlier, the President, Governing Council of the Institute of Directors, Mr Thomas Awagu commended the Governor for his leadership style which has brought unprecedented peace and set the State apart from others.
He said the leadership through good governance of the Governor has been globally acknowledged just as the improved state of infrastructure and job creation efforts speaks volume.
He pledged the commitment of the Institute to work with the State Government on the implementation of the administration's agenda.
The plaque for the Corporate Governance award to the Governor by the IOD was later presented by Mr Awagu at the event which also had in attendance the Deputy Governor, Hon Adejoke Orelope- Adefulire, members of the State Executive Council including the Special Adviser on Commerce and Industry, Mr Seye Oladejo, and Solicitor General of the State and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Mr Lawal Pedro (SAN).