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Body ranks ARTMA high in traffic management



… Lauds Obiano on new Md’s appointment

A SURVEY conducted by the South East Youth Movement of Nigeria (SEYMN) on the workings of the Anambra State Road Traffic Management Agency (ARTMA) has commended Governor Willie Obiano for appointing right caliber of persons to key positions in the state.

  The survey noted that the great success recorded by the current Anambra State administration is attributable to this right choice and proper focus by the state chief executive when making decisions.

  The survey scored the Road Traffic Management Agency high and gave kudos to the agency’s Managing Director, Mr. Pat Obiefuna for the able manner he has been conducting its affairs, describing his appointment by Governor Obiano as very commendable and appropriate.

  The interview, which was conducted between April 9 and July 21, 2020, on 8000 persons by a combination of telephone calls and direct interviews, cutting across six major cities of the state, Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi, Ekwuluobia, Ihiala and Agulu, offered information on the respondents’ professional and academic qualifications, backgrounds, ages and sexes, including their exposure to township life.

  Analysis of the views of the respondents show that traffic management in Anambra State has recorded considerable improvement since the current M.D, Mr. Pat Obiefuna, came on board and that the agency’s behavioural pattern, its dealings with the public, especially its relationship with road users has been quite cordial. There has been unprecedented rapport between staff of the agency and the general public and in case of any breach by transporters, the agency abhors the use of force but painstakingly explains to the offenders what their offences were.

  It noted that traffic in the state has been generally peaceful and that road users, particularly drivers and conductors are beginning to realise the importance of strict adherence to traffic rules and regulations.

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  The survey also observed that accidents on roads have minimised considerably and that other traffic agencies like the police, the Federal Road Safety Commission, work in tandem with the State Road Traffic Management Agency for better result. Further analysis indicate that the present crop of workers in ARTMA shun corruption, bribery, inducements of any sort, and they do their jobs creditably without minding whose ox is gored.

  More analysis of the views of the respondents show that staff of the Road Traffic Management Agency might have undoubtedly been undergoing regular training and retraining on how to conduct themselves when dealing with the public, and how to offer help to passengers and people walking on the road in time of need.

  The survey equally examined the head office of the agency at Agu Awka, the working conditions of staff in the office and observed that under the present leadership, much renovation work has taken place there to make for conducive environment. Managing Director’s office has been created, conference hall and training apartments built, and the entire environment undergoing beautification for increased productivity. It further observed that administrative staff in the office treat complainants humanly and take adequate care of seized items, particularly vehicles. There is an elaborate plan to complete fencing of the headquarters to be of uniform standard with the existing fence.

  Response from interviews across the six major cities were full of  commendations to Obiano administration and the managing director, management and staff of the agency and  called for sustainability of the good work.

  Chairman of the South East Youth Movement of Nigeria, Mr. Okechukwu Nnaji, from Nike, Enugu State, and its Secretary, Ifunanya Onyenije, from Ozubulu, Anambra State, who led an eight-man executive of the movement for this survey, commended the Obiano administration for its right focus and vision and robust policies and programmes which they said had contributed “in no small measure” to the unprecedented successes achieved by Anambra State today.

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They paid glowing tribute to the Obosi born Chief Executive of Anambra State Road Traffic Management Agency, Obiefuna, for his foresight, administrative acumen and managerial ability in piloting the affairs of the agency, adding that in managing its affairs, he has exhibited true leadership, patriotism and high sense of integrity.

  In an interview in his office, the Managing Director of the Road Traffic Management Agency, Obiefuna, attributed whatever successes achieved by his agency to Governor Obiano’s pragmatic leadership, to his readiness to do all within his power at all times to ensure that Anambra State moves forward.

  According to him, the governor has put in place “all that is required by our agency to work efficiently and it is our duty to put in our best to ensure free flow of traffic, peace and stability on our roads. The state governor, Obiano has listening ears, shows concern in matters affecting the progress of the state and works assiduously with whomever is involved to remove whatever hitches that will impede the progress of any ministry or parastatal to ensure efficient service delivery.

  Said the Managing Director: “Governor Obiano remains committed to core values of discipline, integrity and dedication. In fact he’s that uncommon attribute of exemplary leadership, believes in results and gives you whatever you need to achieve. In fact, the governor has given a new definition to leadership. His vision, right focus and robust policies as well as his uncompromising commitment to duty have given us courage to work hard and serve our state. In all his actions, engagements, he has always shown commitment, dedication, selflessness and passion which are necessary for good governance.”

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  Obiefuna also commended the Commissioner for Transport for his support to his agency, saying that whenever they are in difficulty, he readily comes to their help.

  He condemned the practice whereby some unruly drivers load and offload their vehicles under flyover and swore to deal with such flagrant abuse of traffic rules and regulations that will perpetrate grave harm if not checked.

  Obiefuna also commended the zeal, dedication and hardwork put by his staff, adding that they are always ready and willing to serve, go wherever they are called upon to go. “No truancy, even lateness to duty is not part of them”.

  Responses from interviews across the state shower praises on the governor for his unshakeable commitment to bringing development and peace in the state. A business woman in Awka, Agatha Okolie.

  They recalled the promises made by governor Obianor during his gubernatorial campaign and said that his administration has been fulfilling them. Chief Anajemba Obi Azuzu, from Ozubulu said even though they were not in Awka, they feel the positive impact of Obiano’s “value-driven” leadership. A motor cycle dealer in Nnewi, John Anagwu, said the governor treats Ndi Anambra equally irrespective of one’s political affiliation.

  According to him, he’s not in All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) but during shop allocation, he got his like others and remarked that Governor Obiano sees himself as the governor of the entire ndi Anambra.

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