Again, the Lagos State Waste Management Agency, LAWMA, has shown that truly the welfare and safety of its workers are of upmost importance when it distributed safety materials such as disinfectants, hand gloves, immune booster drugs, hand wash, hand sanitizers, soaps, face masks amongst other items, enough to cater for over 25000 staff of the agency which includes Highway Sweepers, PSP Operators and all waste Handlers.
Making the presentation to the sweepers and CEOs, in a brief ceremony that held on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at the Ijora Olopa headquaters of the agency, the MD/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni noted that the exercise which started last year is not a one off but a continous one that will ensure that all staff of the essential agency is adequately provided for and protected against the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed thousands of lives across the nation.
“Our aim is to not just only to protect LAWMA staff but to ensure we continue to promote the keep safe ideology and doing the right thing. The right thing to do is to protect ourselves.”
And to ensure that the items are judiciously utilised, Odumboni said LAWMA has put in place a monitoring team that moves around the state to check on the workers expecially those on field and properly educating those that who are caught not compling with the COVID-19 safety rules and regulations.
“In LAWMA we will continue to remind our staff of the need to comply with safety guidelines. Our field officers are monitoring and supporting them while carrying out spot check as well. This is to make sure that across the state we have all our sweepers using it.
Representing the sweepers, Motunrayo Ayinde, expressed her appreciation to the management of LAWMA and the Governor of Lagos State for always providing them with the necessary works tools and safety materials.
” I believe COVID-19 is real even though I have not seen it physically but I see it in the news and the news is everywhere. This materials will help us to help us protect ourselves from the virus. I am really happy and I will go out there to educate my other colleagues so they will use all the things they have given to us today,” Ayinde said.
One year after Nigeria recorded its first COVID-19 case and subsequently went on a total lockdown, the number of cases have continued to rise. Currently, Nigeria is battling with the second wave which many medical expert believes to be more deadly than the first as a result of mutation of the virus.
However, vaccination excerise is expected to commence soon but while the country awaits the arrival of the vaccines, the government has urged everyone to adhere strictly with the COVID-19 safety guidelines and immediately seek medical help when necessary.