13th August, 2010
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Thursday said that the state employed 300 additional sweepers to clean its waterways.
Fashola announced this at the opening of the 2010 Street Sweepers Workshop organised by the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA).
The governor also presented wheel chairs to 10 physically challenged persons, out of the 25 engaged to sweep some of the pedestrian bridges in the metropolis.
He explained that the wheel chairs were to aid their movements.
The two-day workshop which ends on Friday, has as its theme,â€œ Cleaner Lagos, safety first.â€
Fashola explained that the offshore sweepers would complement the over 10,000 street- sweepers in the state, saying they were icons of change that assisted in keeping the metropolis clean.
â€œYou are critical contributors to the improvement of our lives and healthy living and are as important as doctors and nurses,â€ he said.
Fashola commended them for contributing to the stateâ€™s economy through the broken bottles and other dirt being swept across the state.
He said that various experts had been contracted to deliver papers on safety, a sign that the state government cared for them.
Fashola also presented certificates of performance, grinding machines and generating sets to the best 10 sweepers in the state.
Mr. Ola Oresanya, the Managing Director of LAWMA, recalled that 57 street sweepers lost their lives in accidents along the highways since the inception of the service in 2007.
â€œHealth and safety of lives on the roads have been the greatest challenges being faced by the sweepers and that is why we have decided to focus on safety first in this two-day workshop,â€ he said.