The attention of Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DESTMA) has been drawn to a publication by one Mr. Gwamnishu Harrison on Facebook, peddling malicious scandal of fraud against the Director General, Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DESTMA), Cdr. Azubuike Sam Idah (rtd), thereby asking that he be relieved of his (DG) duties.
The Director General, Cdr. Azubuike Sam Idah (rtd), is a man with proven track record, whose character of integrity, transparency, and accountability; together with his selfless service through which he piloted the affairs Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DESTMA) as the pioneer Director of Operations; the Governor of Delta State, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, on September, 2019 appointed Cdr. Azubuike Sam Idah as the substantive DG of DESTMA.
Since his appointment, Cdr. Azubuike Sam Idah, embraced the spirit of team work as the hallmark of effective service delivery, had been getting results in terms of traffic management in the State, inaugurated the use of Body Camera to protect the rights of all, thus achieving the mandate given to him by His Excellency.
The Management wishes to clear the air on the above publication:
1. That the video making the rounds was malicious and should be disregarded. The State wide lockdown as a result of the novel COVID-19 pandemic, posed a lot of challenges. During that period, the Agency made cash collections by hand from traffic offenders which same was remitted to State’s IGR account by designated DESTMA staff, by paying to the bank and confirmation sent to Delta State Board of Internal Revenue. It may interest you to note that no fund was misappropriated either by the Director General or Officers. Thus the evidence of various remittances are verifiable at Zenith Bank, DBIR, and DESTMA Headquarters, Account Department and Accountant Generals office.
2. That collection of cash payments from traffic offenders was a humanitarian gesture that allowed offenders to pay and regain possession of their vehicles much as the Banks were operating with limited staff and shortened bank hours.
3. That it is also important to note that DESTMA is not in the habit of holding offender’s vehicles longer than necessary, as a result, arrangement was made with the banks to extend their office hours for proper remittance to be made to them.
4. That the Director General with the power vested in him by the DESTMA Law, 2013, has the discretionary powers to decide under emergency condition on the operational procedure that best suits the Agency.
5. That the Director General, had often called on the general public to show up with evidence of extortion by officers and had always taken a stand against aiding and abetting bribery since any traffic infraction was to be booked and paid into the State’s IGR account.
6. The general public should discountenance this unguarded and false allegation on the DG as no single individual could sponsor an election of such magnitude.
7. Lastly, the Director General, as a man of his word, admitted expressly directing designated staff to receive money by hand and not the Enforcement Teams as a result of the lockdown, but the monies received, were paid to the bank and all evidence of payments are verifiable via Zenith Bank PLC, Delta State Board of Internal Revenue (DBIR), Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DESTMA), Account Department and the State Accountant Generals office.