Major Salawu Hails OYRTMA’s Resilience on Ibadan Traffic Control

The resilience of the Oyo State Road Traffic Management Authority (OYRTMA) to see to the flow of vehicular traffic in Ibadan, has caught the fancy of a prominent figure in Oyo State, Major Rasaq Salawu (rtd), who said the Authority’s sense of commitment to duty is paying off.

The retired Military officer said this against the backdrop of the gridlock induced by the activities of vehicles, on UI-Agbowo axis before the intervention of OYRTMA officials.

According to Major Salawu some level of sanity has been restored on the roads in the State, especially places like UI, Adamasingba, Dugbe etc.

He said officers are seen daily dishing out orders to stubborn and recalcitrant drivers to maintain the one-lane queue arrangement that allows other motorists free access on the other unoccupied lane.

Major Salawu said the Agency’s commitment has reduced road accidents, and ensured safety of road users in Oyo State.

He applauded OYRTMA officials, led by the Chairman, Major Adesagba Adekoya (Rtd), during a courtesy visit by the OYRTMA State Commander, Dr. Saheed Adesokan at his residence in Agbowo Area, Ibadan.

Major Salawu (Rtd) particularly praised the Agency for preventing accidents at Agbowo, by their monitoring activities on the road.

The retired Military officer emphasized Governor Seyi Makinde’s dedication to public safety, highlighting the recruitment of 338 officers to enforce traffic laws and protect lives.

He recalled the inception of road safety initiatives in Nigeria originated by him, dating back to 1977 when “Maja Maja” was established in Oyo State during the tenure of late Major General David Jenbewon.

Major Salawu explained how this initiative improved traffic management and reduced road accidents by fostering cooperation between motor drivers and law enforcement.

He therefore, pledged full support to OYRTMA in their mission to manage road traffic and protect lives and property across the State.

Retired Major Salawu generously donated historical documents from the “Maja Maja” era to assist OYRTMA in their ongoing efforts.

These documents included History of Automotive and Locomotive, Suggestion for Road Accident Prevention, Automobile Engineering in Road Traffic Management and Administration, The Birth of Highway Code, Automobile Engineering Transport Manager’s and Operator’s Handbook, and Principle of Transport.

In response, OYRTMA Chairman Major Adesagba Adekoya (Rtd), represented by State Commander Dr. Saheed Adesokan, assured Major Salawu that the received documents would be compiled into a comprehensive book for the benefit of OYRTMA officers and the public.

The courtesy visit was attended by dignitaries including Alhaji R.A. Ibikunle, Mr. Sunday Dairo, among others.



Prince Dotun Oyelade,

Commissioner for Information,

Oyo State.

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Report of Accident

Date of RTA: 3rd June,2024
Time of RTA: 0200hrs
Location: Govt. Road
Vechicles involved: Toyota venza
Reg non: nil
Cause of RTA: reckless driving
Type of RTA: lane departure lead to burnt
Injured: one
Death: one burnt 🔥 into ashes
Situation report: the Oyrtma rescue and recovery have removed the catals from dept and the remaining body park in a sack. Police have take in charge of the accident.

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OYRTMA Receives Postgraduate Students Of The School Of Transport And Logistics Lagos State University, Ojo.

Today Friday 24 May 2024, OYRTMA received the postgraduate students of the school of transport and Logistics from the Lagos State University (LASU) Ojo, Lagos State. The students embarked on a guided tour to the agency to study the operations and activities of the Authority. Leading the students on the tour was Dr. Ibrahim Forsan with 47 students and 8 members of staff of the school.

Receiving the postgraduate students and the staff on behalf the Executive Chairman OYRTMA Major Adesagba Adekoya rtd was the General Manager OYRTMA Mr Adeoye Ayoade . The  General Manager gave  in-depth information  about the Authority  from inception  the  till date. The GM also suffice the students and their staff with the various activities and operations of each of the departments in the agency. Dr. Ibrahim was accompanied by, Dr. R.O Olorunnimbe, Dr. F.A Yakeen and Dr. J.A Asaju. Also on ground to receive the visitor.

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Makinde: Standing Up For The People

Monday, April 8, 2024 will remain indelible in the memory of Messrs Nurudeen Abiola and Taiwo Adeagbo Adigun of the Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) as well as their families because of the visit of Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, to both men in their modest homes at Binukonu Olunloyo and Oke-‘Badan areas of Ibadan respectively. The visit looked too good to be true, but it was also too real to be illusory.

The expressions on the faces of many of those who were in attendance betrayed their bewilderment.

It was a visit neither of the men or even their relations could have foreseen but it was a visit that changed the narrative of both men.

It was a visit that elevated the profile of the men. It was a visit that sent a message to dedicated and devoted civil servants in Oyo State that their industry and commitment to the ideal which the State upholds would not be ignored.

It was a visit that sent a message to all and sundry that the life of every citizen of Oyo State is valued by the Governor and the Government. It was a visit that showed that the wellbeing of everyone in Oyo State matters to the Governor.

It was also a visit to send an unequivocal warning to all that any attempt to trample on the rights of the citizens or stand in the way of the law in the State would be resisted by the resolve of the Governor and the resources of the State.

However, the build up to the visit was not exactly a pleasant experience.

The two OYRTMA officials had been about their duties of managing traffic at Onipepeiye, Old Ife Road area of Ibadan when they effected the arrest of a man who was driving against traffic.

The arrest and the ensuing melee culminated in the OYRTMA officials being brutalised by some Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) officers attached to Zone F.

In the days of yore, this would have been handled administratively with the matter ending up under the carpet and the brutalised men having to nurse their wounds, trauma and shame in the confines of their homes. But when Governor Makinde got to know of this incident, not only did he resolve to address it, he also decided to put an end to such ignominious acts.

Makinde visited the victims of the brutality to comfort them and assure them of the support of the State Government.

The Governor told the men that those who brutalised them would have a rendezvous with justice as the state would ensure their prosecution. He also visited the Nigerian Immigration Service’s office to underscore his displeasure about the ill-treatment meted out to his men and to register his determination to see that such would never recur in the State.

Governor Makinde never stops his demonstration of love for the people of Oyo State. Every one of his actions as a Governor speaks to the infinite love he has for his people.

The Governor shows the people so much love because he realises that love is the ultimate leadership tool. There is a nexus between love and leadership.

The objective of love is to make its object better. Hence, love is never passive but rather passionate; it never takes a rest until its purpose is accomplished. Similarly, true leadership is focused on bringing out the best in people and situations. When a leader loves his people, he values them and goes all out to serve them. Consequently, he pulls out all the stops to shield them from harm and stands up for them when occasions demand.

It is the calling of leaders to do for others what they cannot do for themselves but that becomes feasible only in an atmosphere of love. Leaders wield enormous power but that power is to be deployed for others’ benefit. Great leaders use their power to add value to others; they use their power to defend their people; they deploy their power for the purpose of enhancing the quality of lives of others by helping them to realize their goals and aspirations.

Not only does Governor Makinde love the people he leads, he also understands the essence of his office and the purpose of his power.

He understands that his primary assignment as the State Chief Executive Officer is to protect the people and ensure their wellbeing. That is why he took it upon himself to visit the OYRTMA personnel rather than sending representatives.

The Governor’s action has a long-lasting effect on the people because while he might have risen specifically in defence of the two OYRTMA personnel, he actually spoke for everyone in the State.

He has shown that every citizen is important irrespective of their status or station. He has also demonstrated the resolve of the State to defend every citizen.

Gestures like that, according to the law of reciprocity, are usually recompensed by citizens.

The law says that everyone who has enjoyed a good deed feels indebted to whoever made it possible and looks forward to an opportunity to reciprocate same.

As a result of what the Governor did, Oyo State citizens, whether they are in the civil service or not, are motivated to support the Governor in his bid to improve the State.

They are also inspired to give their best at all times for the state knowing that they have the support of the State.

As a result of what Makinde did, Oyo State citizens will trust him more and go out on a limb for their State because they know that the Governor has got their back.

The people are encouraged to take risks for the State because they know that they will be protected should things run contrary to expectations.

What leaders demand from the followers most of the time is total commitment. But commitment does not happen in a vacuum, commitment is a product of trust. When the people know that their leader will protect them, they grow to trust him and this inspires commitment in them.

When leaders make it abundantly clear that they will protect their people’s interest even beyond the call of duty, what they earn in return is the trust of such people.

One thing about trust is that it cannot be legislated; it is a response to the leader’s attitude to others. A leader that values his people and cares for them will earn their trust with ease.

On the other hand, when a leader is lackadaisical about the wellbeing of the people, it will be difficult to earn their trust. The best such leader can hope to get from them is compliance.

The difference is that while the committed are willing to go the extra mile, the compliant are not willing to go beyond the call of duty. While the committed own the task, the compliant do not. They do not see the task as their own but the leader’s. So, they are not bothered by its success or failure.

Caring for the people is not quite common in Nigeria. More often than not Nigerians are made to feel as if they count for little.

Everyone with a measure of power rides roughshod over the common people without any consequence. Institutions take advantage of the citizens without any help from anywhere. Military men, paramilitary men and police officers denigrate the average citizen without any redress.

Even foreigners assault Nigerians within the shores of the country and get away with it.

The people need to be defended, that is why they have leaders. When leaders fail to protect their people, the people resort to self-help.

This is one of the factors fueling lawlessness and criminality in the country.

Governor Makinde’s action of standing up for the helpless and demanding justice for them is a demonstration of great leadership. When leaders rise in defence of the people, the people rise to build a great society.


Olanrewaju is the Chief Press Secretary to Oyo State Governor.

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Telecoms Giant To Equip OYRTMA With Modern Traffic Technologies

The Oyo State Road Traffic Management Authority, OYRTMA is set to receive a boost in its operation, as telecommunication giant, Globacom has promised to equip the agency with modern digital facilities to enhance it’s smooth operations in the State.

The chairman, OYRTMA, Major Adesagba Adekoya (Rtd), revealed this today, after receiving the management team of Globacom, in his office at Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan.

He affirmed that the intervention is the best thing to happen to the State, adding that the new equipments would aid the smooth operation of the Agency and make it more effective.

The chairman remarked that using modern technologies against traffic offenders would ease the agency’s operation and apprehension of traffic offenders which would consequently  increase the State’s internally generated revenue through the agency.

Major Adekoya reiterated the commitment of the present administration to work assiduously both day and night to ensure hitch-free road traffic in the State.

In his remarks, the south west zonal Director of Globacom, Mr. Adeniyi Odejobi assured OYRTMA of the organization’s support with modern technology as its corporate social responsibility,

He commended OYRTMA for it’s relentless efforts at maintaining road traffic orderliness and its day-to-day campaign in the State.

Among the dignitaries present during the courtesy visit include:  zonal General manager Globacom Mr. Gabriel Makinde, General manager OYRTMA, Commander Adeoye Ayoade, Director Admin and supplies, Kareem Jimoh among others.

In another dimension, the OYRTMA during the day also embarked on a special operation enforcement where about five traffic offenders were apprehended.

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Accident and Rescue Reports

Date of RTA: 30th March,2024
Time of RTA: 0300hrs location: Gate / oje
Vechicles involved: Toyota Corolla reg nos: BDG921HV, Micra reg nos: MAP546YY , and Hiace Bus reg nos: MAP88LXA
Cause RTA: reckless Driving
Type of RTA: hit and run lead to another multiple Accident at
Injured: nil
Death’s one
Situation report: the Oyrtma rescue team and the special squad team was at the scene of the accident to evacuate the vehicles to station

Thank you sir.

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OYRTMA Averts Loss of Lives and Property

What could have been a devastating effect to the residents of Oluyoro was averted today, Sunday, 10th March, 2024.

A distress call was received by OYRTMA officers about a fallen 33 thousand liters petrol tanker which fell at Oluyoro junction. Our Officers were promptly deployed and residents scooping spilled fuel were chased away and the scene of the accident sealed off to avoid collateral damage.

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Advisory Traffic Diversion

OYRTMA advises motorists and other road users to take alternative route due to traffic diversion as a result of a crash at Idi Ape junction

Other adjoining routes  could be used to link Gate . Motorists coming from Akobo may use General Gas over head bridge to connect to Iwo road.

Motorists coming from Gate can use Gate towards onipepeye underbridge.

Any inconvenience is regretted as OYRTMA and other sister agencies are working assiduously to clear the road of the current obstruction.

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