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We need more men to work effectively – Ogun TRACE Boss

Forty-seven officers of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and enforcement Corps, TRACE, have become incapacitated in the course of official duties.

The TRACE Corps Commander, Mr Seni Ogunyemi who made this known at the Annual Commander Conference in Abeokuta said the corps has a shortage of manpower and appealed for recruitment of more officers.

Correspondent Wale Oluokun has the details.

According to Commander Ogunyemi the remaining six hundred and twenty personnel of the corps are being overstretched, noting that the work force needed to be increased to one thousand five hundred before next year.

He explained that the number of officers that have become incapacitated in the course of their duties have made it necessary to engage more hands in the traffic management in the state.

The commander hinted that the corps was planning to change its headquarters from the present location to the Model School at Onijanganjangan which will also serve as the TRACE Training Academy.

Special Adviser to the Ogun State governor on Security, a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr Ṣọla Subair in a remark called for random capacity building for officers of the corps.

Mr. Subair also called for the deployment of Technology for traffic management on the corridor of the state.

The Ogun State Head of Service, Alhaja Selimot Ottun while speaking said the conference was timely to look into the challenges facing the corps and the prospects.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the Ogun State House of Assembly Committee on Transportation, Mr Daisi Elemide assured the gathering that the Assembly would be readily available to assist the corps to have its manpower increased in line with the dictate of its duties.

The theme of the fifth Annual TRACE Corps Commander’s conference and the fifteenth-anniversary lecture was “Emerging issues in Road safety and traffic management: Challenges and Prospects”.

Wale Oluokun

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