The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) says it has employed 20 physically-challenged persons as sweepers of pedestrian bridges across the state.
The Managing Director (MD) of LAWMA, Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin, said in a statement on Wednesday that the Authority was desirous of empowering physically-challenged persons and integrating them into the vision of a cleaner and livable environment.
Gbadegesin said that LAWMA had stepped up its drive to rid the state of waste, and it became necessary to engage all stakeholders, including physically-challenged persons.
He said that the cleanliness of Lagos State was a collective responsibility and all hands must be on deck to help realise the vision of building a cleaner city that all would be proud of.
”That is why we have decided to engage these special sweepers to play their own part in achieving this,” he said.
LAWMA, according to the statement, engaged the services of the physically-challenged sweepers instead of leaving them to beg on the streets.
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.
”They will ensure that these locations are always cleaned up during the day,” the managing director said.
According to LAWMA, there are plans to employ more.
It urged the sweepers to contribute their own quota towards establishing environmental sustainability in the state.
The Authority has also called for the support and cooperation of all Lagosians in keeping the state clean.
Edited by Razak Owolabi/Oluwole Sogunle
LAWMA to pay premium on welfare, wellbeing of sweepers
The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has embarked on an audit exercise of sweepers in the state to enable the authority to pay premium on welfare and wellbeing of the sweepers.
Its Public Relations Officer, Mr Hakeem Akinleye, made the disclosure in a statement on Friday in Lagos.
Akinleye said that sweepers were critically important as frontliners in the management of waste, and in ensuring that Lagos and its environment remain squeaky clean.
He said that the insurance policy would cover amongst others, death while in active service, permanent disability and medical expenses.
“The LAWMA management, under the leadership of the Acting. Managing Director, Ibrahim Odumboni, had resolved that the primary focus and mandate of the authority in managing and regulation of waste will not be compromised.
“Odumboni deployed the best global practices in achieving same, in line with the ‘THEMES’ agenda of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-olu in achieving a cleaner and healthier environment as well as the general wellbeing of Lagos Residents,” Akinleye said.
He, however, urged sweepers to contact their Regional Managers for further enquiries, claim process and clarity. .
Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
Woman in court for allegedly assaulting LAWMA staff
A 53-year-old woman, Wuraola Williams, who allegedly assaulted a Lagos State Waste Management (LAWMA) staff, Mrs Oluwabunmi Saidi, on Friday appeared in an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Williams, also known as “Iron lady,” is facing a four-count charge of assault, breach of peace, unlawful assembly and conduct causing fear in the neighbourhood.
She, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Doney Raphel, told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in February, at about 1.p.m., at Ilubirin in Lagos Island.
He alleged that the defendant, one of the operators licensed by LAWMA to recruit sweepers, had assaulted its staff, Saidi, by slapping her twice and boasting about her being untouchable.
Raphel said the defendant also conducted herself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace, causing fear to the neighbourhood and had unlawfully assembled herself alongside her cohorts.
He said the alleged offences contravened Sections 41 (1), 168, 172 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O.G. Ogbe, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
She adjourned the case until July 29, for mention.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
FRSC alerts motorists on imminent diversion on Lagos 3rd mainland bridge
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, says diversion and safety precaution are imminent, owing to the emergency rehabilitation on the third mainland bridge in Lagos.
In a statement issued by the FRSC Public Education Officer (CPEO), Mr Bisi Kazeem, on Wednesday in Abuja, Oyeyemi said that the bridge would be partially closed for three months for the first phase of the job.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Government had announced plans to shut down the third mainland bridge for maintenance work from July 24 to Jan. 24, 2021.
The first phase of the project covers the rehabilitation of the Oworonshoki bound lanes.
He added that another three months for the second phase would cover the repairs of the Lagos bound lanes.
“Traffic will be diverted to make way for the maintenance work on the bridge.
“The expected diversion for Phase A in the morning – from 12.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. – motorists plying from Oworonshoki to Lagos Island traffic will only be on the Lagos island bound lane.
“In the afternoon from 1.00 p.m. to 12.00 a.m., motorists travelling from Lagos Island to Oworonshoki, traffic will only be on the Lagos island bound lane,’’ he said.
The FRSC boss said alternative routes had been identified for motorists plying from Ikoyi, through Osborne as a result of the closure.
The Corps Marshal further said that motorists from Obalende on Lagos Island intending to use the bridge “are advised to navigate through Carter Bridge-Iddo-Oyingbo-Adekunle-Herbert Macaulay way-Jibowu-Ikorodu road and connect their destination’’.
Alternatively, he said they should pass through Carter Bridge-Ijora Causeway – (Ijora Olopa by LAWMA Office) Eko Bridge through Funsho Williams Avenue-Ikorodu Road for further transit.
“Motorists from Lekki/Victoria Island intending to use the third mainland bridge are advised to use the Ozuma Mbadiwe road or Ahmadu Bello Way-Bonny Camps Independence Bridge (Mekunwen Bridge) – Onikan (by Zone 2 Police Zonal Headquarters) – Marina Bridge-Apongbon-Eko Bridge-Funsho Williams Avenue to Ikorodu and so forth.
“For road users driving inwards Adekunle from Adeniji and from Lekki/Ikoyi/Obalende/Lagos Island, they are advised to Link Cater Bridge-Iddo-Oyingbo-Ebute Metta-Adekunle to advance further.’’
Oyeyemi advised motorists intending to use the bridge during the maintenance period to endeavour to go through the alternative routes identified.
He also urged them to comply with traffic rules and regulations as the Corps Personnel and other law enforcement agents will be on the ground to ensure ease of movement on all routes.
“In case of any emergency, do not hesitate to call the FRSC Toll free numbers 122 or the National Traffic Radio on 0805 299 8090,’’ Oyeyemi said.
Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
LAWMA to establish Academy on waste management for youths
The Acting Managing Director, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, says the authority will launch a LAWMA Academy to train and develop youths to be interested in waste management.
Odumboni made this known while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Thursday.
He said the beneficiaries of the academy would include students from 13 to 28 years old, school leavers and those on industrial training from tertiary institutions.
“The academy is available to engage the secondary school students during their summer coaching because Waste Management is dominated by an ageing population at present.
“We are launching the LAWMA Academy soon and every resident in Lagos that falls within the age bracket should come for registration.
“We want to open LAWMA to everyone and all Lagos residents would be able to know the part LAWMA plays in the environment and it is very important to start developing the interest of the youth in what we do,” Odumboni said.
Odumboni said LAWMA was collaborating with the University of Lagos on Waste Management.
He said the agency also planned to collaborate with other educational institutions to give students opportunities to learn courses on Waste Management.
He emphasised the need to promote waste management culture among Nigerian youths and to tap all the benefits of waste recycling.
Odumboni urged the youth to pick interest in waste management to make them keep the environment clean and earn money for their livelihood, adding that they might be one of the Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators in future. .
Edited By: Razak Owolabi/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)