When Fasasi Raheemat Oluwabukola, a highway sweeper with the Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, woke up on the morning of Tuesday 7th of March, 2020, to resume her daily duty of sweeping one of the high ways in Lagos, she definitely didn’t know the news of her diligence had gotten to the ears of the authorities and a handsome reward was on the way.
But this was the situation that occurred today, as the state governor and incident commander of the state, Bababjide Sanwo-Olu, humbly represented by the Managing Director of LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, paid a surprise visit to the work corridor of Raheemat to reward her dedication to work.
Applauding Raheemat’s staunchness, the LAWMA boss said her unwavering commitment and dedicated service have not gone unnoticed by the government and people of Lagos state.
Dr. Gbadegesin, who disclosed that his first job as a young man was being a janitor, said there is dignity in labor and a reward for diligent hard work, because one could never tell who was watching at any point in time.
‘Raheemat, you are being recognised on behalf of Mr. Governor, who had also seen your video posted by Mrs. Awoniyi doing your work so passionately. There is reward for whatever we do, especially when you are diligent, doing your work from the heart. You never know who may be watching.’
‘Your video had gone far and Mr. Governor had seen it, as well as the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, and had all decided that you be recognised for conscientious work and uncommon diligence. I hope this will further motivate you and also inspire your colleagues, to work even harder because there is dignity in labour,’ Dr. Gbadegesin said.
Raheemat, who couldn’t contain her joy at the gesture and recognition by the government, thanked the Lagos state government. She said this will no doubt encourage her and other sweepers to do more, knowing that the government is very attentive to them.
‘I am happy for what the government have done for me today. May the Almighty God continue to bless LAWMA and Lagos state. you will not regret this good you have done for me and i will continue to appreciate you by doing my job very well,’ Raheemat said.
Raheemat said her dedication to her job sterns from the love she has for it. she said although most people see her job as a dirty job meant only for poor people, she will not be deterred but continue to carry out her duties diligently.
Recall that a few days ago, Raheemat was videoed along Dolphin/Osbourne Road, her operational corridor, by one Ms. Adebisi Awoniyi, a resident of Dolphin Estate, a video that later went viral on the social media.
Ms. Awoniyi, claimed to have regularly observed her, during her daily work-out sessions and was blown away by her strength and sense of commitment.
She said Raheemat passion as she went about her duty every day, was the motivation behind the viral photo.
Dr. Gbadegesin, commended Ms. Awoniyi for her patriotism, and admonished other Lagosians not to despise anyone who is working diligently to meet his/her needs.
He said there was nothing shameful being a cleaner, and therefore urged residents to cultivate the habit of proper waste disposal instead of throwing waste onto the highway from their moving vehicles.
Nevertheless, he assured the sweepers of LAWMA’s commitment to ensure a friendly work environment for its over 15,000 sweepers including the provision of road-side shelters and other basic necessities.
‘We will continue to provide a good and clement work condition, for our more than 15,000 sweepers, who are in the first line of defence in our cleaning business’, Dr. Gbadegesin said.