Desirous of empowering physically-challenged persons in the State and integrating them into the Authority’s vision of a cleaner and livable environment, the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has engaged the services of 20 handicapped persons as sweepers of pedestrian bridges across the State.
According to the Managing Director of LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, the Authority had stepped up its drive to rid the State of waste and it became necessary to engage all stakeholders, including physically challenged persons.
“The cleanliness of the Lagos State is a collective responsibility. We need all hands to be on deck to help us realise 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”, he said.
Gbadegesin pointed out that LAWMA had engaged the services of the disabled sweepers instead of leaving them to beg on the streets, adding that they would be assigned to clean various pedestrian bridges such as Ojota New Bridge, Alausa Secretariat Bridge, Ikeja-Along Bridge, CMS Bridge and a host of others.
He said: “We have mapped out pedestrian bridges where they will be operating such as Ojota New Bridge, Alausa Secretariat Bridge, Ikeja Along Bridge, CMS Bridge, Palmgrove bridge, Oshodi Oke bridge, Anthony Bus Stop and others. They will ensure that these locations are always cleaned up during the day.”
The LAWMA boss noted that 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.
While imploring residents to support the efforts of government at restoring environmental dignity, Gbadegesin maintained that the Authority would not rest on its oars until effective sanitation is entrenched in every part of the metropolis.
He, however, solicited the support and cooperation of all Lagosians in the onerous task, advising all residents to call LAWMA toll-free lines - 07080601020 and 617 - for inquiries and complaints.