Oyo State government has warned Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) to shun every form of fraud and restrain from extorting motorists in the discharge of their duties.
The state’s Head of Service, Amidat Agboola, gave the warning at a one day training and capacity development programme for vehicle inspection officers held at the premises of the Oyo State Computerised Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) centre.
Agboola who noted that aside from the road safety duty that they perform, they also have a responsibility to generate revenue for the state government urged them to ensure that they carry out that role with utmost integrity.
Agboola, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Service Matters, Mr Fatai Oladeinde, enjoined the officers to act within the ambit of the law and within the guidelines of the service book as the same law that guides the civil service also guides their practice.
She stressed the fact that they are the link between the government and the road users adding that responsibility is on the officers and that they are to represent the government in their best interest.
According to her, whatever they do can either be inimical or favourable to the state government and by extension the state governor’s image.
Earlier, the state’s commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Prof Dahud Shangodoyin, implored the officers to be efficient and effective in discharging their duties stressing that vehicle inspection is geared towards the safety of the road and other road users.