LAWMA female sweepers commended

Mr. Ola Oresanya, MD/CEO. Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) (L); Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin (m); Barr. Nonye Mike-Nnaji, president, Spotlight Africa (r); flanked by Awardees, during an award presentation for Outstanding Excellence & Leadership to 150 Street Sweepers, organised by Spotlight Africa, to celebrate LAWMA Women, at Alausa, Ikeja, recently.

Female street sweepers in Lagos have received commendations from the Managing Director of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ola Oresanya, who described the sweepers as the engine room of the organisation, working round the clock to keep the state clean and sustain the environment.

Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin (2nd left) supported by Barr. Nonye Mike-Nnaji, President, Spotlight Africa (3rd right); ACC. Emma Fekoya, FRSC Ikeja Unit Commannder (2nd right); Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni (r); and Mrs. Kemi Michael-Jabagun, to present an award to one of the 150 awardees, Adgbemobe Modinat,  during an award presentation for Outstanding Excellence & Leadership to Street Sweepers, organised by Spotlight Africa, to celebrate LAWMA Women, at Alausa, Ikeja, recently.

A statement by Mrs. Folashade Kadiri, Asst. Director, Public Affairs at LAWMA, said  Oresanya gave the commendations in Ikeja during an award ceremony organised by Spotlight African Network to celebrate the women workforce of the Authority for their input towards achieving cleaner and healthier environment in the state.

At the program tagged, “LAWMA Women Making A Difference, Community Service Leadership Awards”, he said: “I use this opportunity to appreciate you all and to commend the Spotlight African Network, for recognising and celebrating the great roles you have consistently played, in making the environment conducive for all residents and visitors in our state.”

Mr. Ola Oresanya, MD/CEO. Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) (4th right); Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin (4th left); Barr. Nonye Mike-Nnaji, president, Spotlight Africa (3rd right); Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni (3rd left); Mr. Juwon Akinyemi (2nd left); and Awardees, during an award presentation for Outstanding Excellence & Leadership to 150 Street Sweepers, organised by Spotlight Africa, to celebrate LAWMA Women, at Alausa, Ikeja, recently.k

Speaking further, he commended the organisers of the event for recognizing the efforts of the sweepers, and for organising a safety training course for them.

“Of particular interest to me, is the Safety Training Course, which the group has planned with the Federal Road Safety Corps for the women. This will go a long way in further equipping the women with basic rules of safety, while on their work beats. I must therefore specially commend your organisation, for the forward-looking initiative,” he added.

The LAWMA boss stressed that the award conferred on the women sweepers would further motivate and inspire them to give their best in the task of building the environment that Lagosians would be proud of, adding that the goal of the Authority was to achieve a cleaner Lagos.

In his remarks, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegeshin commended the sweepers for their commitment to work, adding that the government would continue to work for the improvement of their welfare.

Also speaking at the event, the President of Spotlight African Network, Mrs. Nonye Pearl Mike-Nnaji, noted that LAWMA street sweepers were the unsung heroines in the Authority’s quest to make every nook and cranny of the state livable, stressing the impact of the sweepers in keeping the environment clean, and enhancing security on the roads.

Mrs. Nnaji reiterated her organization’s commitment to the pursuit of improved well-being of the sweepers as part of their corporate social responsibility program, adding that they would organize a two-day road safety training, in conjunction with the Federal Road Safety Corps, to equip the sweepers with safety skills on the highways.

The Corps Commander, Ikeja Unit, of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mrs. Emma Fekoya, in her speech eulogized organisers of the event and congratulated the street sweepers for the well deserved award, urging the sweepers to be safety conscious, in the course of discharging their duties.

Notable personalities at the event who inspired the women with their real life stories, included renowned actress, Kate Henshaw; Oke Maduewesi, CEO of Zaron Cosmetics; and Ayo Megbope, CEO of No Left-overs.

High point of the event was the presentation of awards to 150 street sweepers who excelled in the task of keeping the environment clean.

In a related development, Jhulelal Sindhi Samaj Charity Trust, a Lagos-based non government organization (NGO) recently presented some gift items to 120 LAWMA sweepers at Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island, Lagos.

That gesture according to them, was a demonstration of their appreciation to the sweepers for commitment and relentless efforts in making sure that the Lagos metropolis is clean, even under harsh and unpleasant weather conditions.