The Oyo State Government has inaugurated the Park Managers in 33 Local Government areas across the State.
Also inaugurated on Monday, February 17, 2020, were the two Disciplinary Committees which are to intervene whenever conflicts arise between the State Government and Park Managers on the operations of the Parks.
The State Commissioner for Public Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Professor Raphael Afonja, who inaugurated the Park Managers and the Disciplinary Committees at the Conference Hall of the Ministry, said the new Park Management System, PMS, would bring sanity in the management of Motor Parks in the State.
Prof. Afonja, who further clarified that the Park Managers will be coordinated by a Consultant to ensure compliance with the terms of reference while the Disciplinary Committees would intervene where there are issues between the State Government and the Park Managers, stated that the new Park Management System (PMS) would aid the efforts of the State Government to double the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in inherited from the previous administration.
The Commissioner said: “This instruction was given by His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde. It is a new PMS that we are implementing. We are trying this to make sure we bring in a better structure into our motor parks and garages. Soon, other things like infrastructure will fall in place. So, for the main time, these people have been assigned to take charge of the parks on behalf of the state government.”
He added that the new PMS architecture has no links with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), as according to him, the Managers were engaged by the Government to ensure that financial leakages are blocked and that “there is increase in the internal revenue of the State.”
The Works Commissioner listed members of the Motor Park Disciplinary Committee as including Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi as the Chairman; Alhaji Jimoh Tajudeen as vice-Chairman and Alhaji Wasiu Omolewa, as Secretary.
Prof. Afonja also named Mr Wasiu Yekeen Olawale as the Chairman, Oyo State Tipper and Lorry Disciplinary Committee.
He said :“Strictly speaking, the Disciplinary Committees are to concern themselves with disciplinary issues arising from the operations of the PMs in relation to the terms of reference. In reality, they are not involved in the day-to-day management and operations of the parks.”
While speaking as the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee, Alhaji Lamidi clarified that he was not selected into the Committee because of his links with the NURTW, adding that his appointment as Disciplinary Committee Chairman “is different from his role as a Union member.”