Kano - The newly-established Kano State Road and Traffic Agency (KAROTA) has dismissed 27 Road Traffic Assistants for gross misconduct in the last one year.
The agency was established by the Kano State Government to complement traffic wardens to ensure smooth flow of traffic, particularly in the state capital.
KAROTA Managing Director, Mohammed Digol, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Kano that the officials were sacked for various offences ranging from corrupt practises to molestation of offenders.
"Even last week, we sacked three of our staff for mounting an illegal vehicle check-point along Zaria Road, and we have already handed them over to the police for prosecution,’’ he said.
Digol said that the dismissed officials were caught extorting money from drivers for overloading their vehicles, adding that the offence contravened the rules and regulations of the agency.
"We have two key things which any staff who does it will get sacked in KAROTA; molestation of offenders and collection of bribes, because we have zero-tolerance for corruption,’’ he said.
Digol said the agency had conducted training programmes for road traffic assistants to enhance their performance.
According to him, the agency will continue to give priority attention to training and retraining of its personnel to enable them discharge their duties effectively.
He said that the agency had so far arrested over 5 000 persons for various traffic offences since its inception last year.
"Many drivers are not licenced, that is why they drive any how in the city,’’ he said.