Twenty physically challenged people have been given jobs of cleaning and maintaining pedestrian bridges across Lagos State, by Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) who engaged them after they were been considered employable for the job purpose.
As gathered, their employments was was prove on part of the authority to show that it had stepped up its drive to rid state of waste and that it had become necessary to engage all stakeholders, including physically challenged persons, in doing the needful
The Managing Director, LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, stated that the employment of the physically challenged people by the authority was resolve of his office bring all hands on deck to tackle issues and management of waste in the state.
Through a statement issued on Tuesday from his office, Gbadegesin indicated that cleanliness of Lagos state was a collective responsibility which must involve individuals, as well as groups, irrespective of condition.
The statement explained that the engagement of the physically challenged people was party of measures aim at empowering people in placed in that category in the state and that the authority was keen
on integrating such people who have be contributing immensely to their various communities, into the Authority’s vision of a cleaner and livable environment.
It said, We need all hands to be on deck to help us realize our vision of building a cleaner city we all will be proud of. That is why we have decided to engage these special sweepers to play their own part in achieving this”.
“LAWMA had engaged the services of the disabled sweepers, instead of leaving them to beg on the streets and they would be assigned to clean various pedestrian bridges in the state, such as Ojota New Bridge, Alausa Secretariat Bridge, Ikeja Along Bridge, CMS bridge and a host of others”.
“We have mapped out pedestrian bridges where they will be operating such as Ojota New Bridge, Alausa Secretariat Bridge, Ikeja Along Bridge, CMS Bridge, Palm Groove bridge, Oshodi Oke bridge, Anthony Bus Stop and others. They will ensure that these locations are always cleaned upduring the day.”
“20 of them have been employed by the Authority, with plans to scale it up, urging the sweepers to contribute their own quota towards establishing environmental sustainability in the state”.
“We implore residents to support the efforts of government at restoring
environmental dignity, adding that the Authority would not rest on its oars
until effective sanitation was entrenched in every part of the metropolis”.