11th August, 2011
For easy mobility, the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), has given 25 wheelchairs donated to it by a church to its physically challenged workers.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, had donated the chairs to LAWMA as part of activities marking its 75th anniversary.
Mrs. Tola Hassan, spokesperson of the church, said the donation was part of the churchâ€™s programme to aid the poor and the needy.
Hassan said the church is happy with the way LAWMA is keeping the state clean and having physically challenged persons in its work force.
Mr. Oladimeji Oresanya, the managing director, thanked the church for the donation, while also asking for more support and assistance, such as provision of waste containers, job creation for the physically challenged in the state and supply of braille machines and typewriters for visually impaired students that the agency is supporting in their education.
The managing director said the idea of engaging the physically challenged by LAWMA started in 2009 as a formal way of integrating them into the system and that all machineries have been put in place to ensure that they played their part in reducing the indiscriminate dumping of refuse that was hitherto prevalent on pedestrians bridges across the state.
Oresanya called on other religious bodies and corporate organisations to emulate The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in uplifting the plight of less privileged and physically challenged people in the country as well as improve on their corporate social responsibility.
He urged the church not to relent in its good work of bringing succour to the needy and also reiterated the desire of his organisation in ranking Lagos State among the cleanest in the world and the cleanest in Africa by next year.
â€” Paul Sanusi