To empower and integrate physically challenged persons in the state’s vision of a cleaner and livable environment, the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has engaged the services of 20 challenged persons across the state. The effort, which will see the physically challenged persons work as sweepers of pedestrian bridges, is the agency’s latest move to rid Lagos of waste.
Managing Director of LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, said the new drive has necessitated the need to engage all stakeholders, including physically challenged persons. “The cleanliness of Lagos is a collective responsibility. We need all hands to be on deck to help us realize our vision of building a cleaner city, which we will all 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 in the state, such as Ojota new bridge, Alausa Secretariat bridge, Ikeja Along bridge, CMS bridge, Palm Groove bridge, Oshodi Oke bridge, Anthony bus stop among others.
He said: “We have mapped out pedestrian bridges where they will be operating. They will ensure that those 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. He implored 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.