The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has commissioned a new traffic agency known as Kaduna State Traffic and Environmental Law Enforcement Agency (KASTELEA) to ensure public order and safety across the state.
The Governor explained that KASTELEA will seek and sustain the informed consent of citizens with enlightenment campaigns, transparent rules and their impartial enforcement.
He urged residents of the State to have a common interest in ensuring that roads are safe, vehicles are licensed, road-worthy and are driven by persons properly certified to do so.
The governor said traffic bottlenecks caused by illegal parking, and the safety risks caused by people who jump traffic lights will not be condoned.
He further explained that KASTELEA officials will issue documents specifying fine on traffic rules violation but cannot collect it, adding that such fines are payable only by electronic means or through cash payments to accounts specified by the Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service, KADIRS.
Governor El-Rufai however reminded officials of KASTELEA to live up to the standards of their training, and be efficient, dedicated and fair in their conduct because they have been recruited and trained to serve the public.
“Do not permit yourself to even be tempted by, much less succumb, to the disease of the uniform, a condition in which wearing an authorized piece of fabric gives the wearer an illusion of omnipotence. You are not God. You are not even masters. You are public servants, and you must discharge the role with dignity and unwavering politeness”, he stated.
KASTELEA is also expected to control nuisance, stray and wandering animals and also bush burning and indiscriminate felling of trees.