People have asked who these people wearing blue, standing on our roads and junctions are. Road Safety we know, Police we know, we are even familiar with NURTW and Vehicle Inspector Officer, but who are these ones? They are officials of Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DESTMA). The law establishing DESTMA was passed by the Delta State House of Assembly (DTSHA) on 24th October 2013 and it started operation on 14th April 2016.
In an interview with the Director-General of DESTMA Agbor office, Steven Dieseruvwue, he disclosed that the law stipulates their operations in seven zones but for two years, they ran a pilot scheme in four zones; Asaba, Ughelli, Effurun, Warri and with the new recruitment recently, it expanded her operations to three more zones including Agbor, Udu and Sapele.
According to the D-G, after DESTMA was launched on the 14th of April, 2016, it started an 8 days training for people co-opted into DESTMA from the ministry as displaced staff and employed them back into the Civil Service. For this recent recruitment, which lasted from June 2018 to February 2019, we had an open application across the state and people applied. There were three segments to the recruitment: we had an aptitude test, physical interview and a camping that took place between January 23 to February 8th 2019. He also disclosed that over 1800 applications were received and over 400 had been recruited.
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Also speaking to Ika Weekly reporter was the Zonal Head of DESTMA, Agbor, Mr. Paul Adigwe, who said DESTMA in Agbor would work hand in hand with other stakeholders to ensure an accident free road so that motorists and pedestrians enjoy road usage. He emphasized that his men had been strictly instructed to be civil in their approach to road users and as well be strict in carrying out their legally binding duties. He further urged road users to always obey road signals and instructions and to avoid going against traffic.
The Head of Operations, Mr. Smart Ngozi added that there will be some sensitization and familiarity tour very soon when the Director General gives the directives. He thanked all road users in Ika land for their co-operation so far.
Some residents spoke to Ika Weekly reporter on the Presence of DESTMA, Rev Ashien Jude living in Osa Street said, “I love what they are doing, they help to maintain traffic, since their arrival, there has so far not been issues of extortion, they would tell you to reverse when you are on the wrong track and not negotiate with you unlike the previous order”.
“I would say Okowa has done well because since they came, there has been less traffic and fewer accidents. Previously the Local Governments had a traffic task force, but I feel this once are better as they have been civil in their mode of operations and manner of approach. In a civilized society every ministry should be up and doing, I want to say that the ministry of transport should endeavour to provide DESTMA with the necessary traffic and road facilities that they would require for effectiveness. I have noticed that the traffic light at college junction does not work the concerned authority should do the needful should do the needful”. Mr. Ogah Edmond living in Orikeze said.
We love them, they are doing very well, and they focus on their job and talk to people maturely, Mrs. Adaora Monye living in Baleke.