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Friday, September 26, 2014

Street sweeping in Lagos is a work in progress - Fashola

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) has said that the street sweeping programme was established to fulfill the social contract his administration had with the electorate, which ultimately aimed at bequeathing a cleaner, safer and healthier environment to Lagosians.

Governor Fashola stated this while addressing a gathering of sweepers, highway managers and service providers at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos, during the 6th edition of the annual Street Sweepers’ Workshop organized by Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA). Continue...

“It is expedient to remind ourselves of how the street sweeping enterprise originated over seven years ago, when the city (particularly our road verges) was littered and sandy”, the Governor said.

Mr. Fashola disclosed that the initiative, working in agreement with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), aimed at “eradicating extreme poverty and hunger”, and has generated over 15,000 jobs for Lagosians. He added that though this year’s event would be the last for his administration, the good work will not stop.

While thanking the sweepers and other workers in the State for their contributions to the environment since the inception of his administration, the Governor urged them not to rest on their oars, and enjoined the sweepers to remain good ambassadors of the State, adding that they should focus on their job, double their efforts and give useful information that may help to foster peace and tranquility in the State.

Earlier, the State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello in his opening remarks called on the street sweepers to see the workshop as an avenue to re-strategize and ensure effective service delivery.
The Honourable Commissioner enjoined them to maximise the opportunity for knowledge sharing and capacity building towards improved productivity. Mr. Bello, said further that the State Government was determined to put an end to preventable accidents and injuries, urging the sweepers to be cautious in the discharge of their duties and utilise all personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety signs provided at all times.
In his welcome address, the Managing Director of LAWMA, Mr. Ola Oresanya, said the theme of the Street Sweeping Workshop since inception was deliberately coined to emphasise the need for the sweepers to take seriously the issue of their safety while on duty.

The LAWMA boss revealed that to ensure the safety of the sweepers, the Authority introduced such measures as: night sweeping operations in strategic routes, distribution of modified safety sign to street cleaners, creation of Safety Corps Marshals; which he said had significantly helped to reduce accidents/incidents on highways during operations.

He also hinted of an ongoing arrangement between LAWMA and all general hospitals across the State for rapid medical attention in case of emergency, and implored motorists to show tolerance and caution while driving to protect the lives of sweepers and other road users.

In his goodwill message, the MD/CEO of Sterling Bank Plc, Mr. Yemi Adeola said that the bank's partnership with LAWMA, which has spanned over 5 years, was borne out of their rooted desire to ensure cleanliness and safety for the environment and people.

The Chairman of Service Providers Association, in his valedictory speech, thanked the State Governor for giving high priority to the welfare of the sweepers and said His Excellency’s tenure had ushered in unprecedented development in Lagos State.

Highpoint of the event was the presentation of new set of kits for the sweepers by Sterling Bank to Governor Fashola, while the sweepers who distinguished themselves in the cause of their duty were each given an award. 

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