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LAWMA Prioritizes Health, Safety for Sanitation Workers

By Faridat Salifu

The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has recently taken proactive steps to enhance the health and safety of sanitation workers in the state through its first-quarter health and safety training program.

The training program encompasses critical areas such as the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), aiming to empower sanitation workers to prioritize their own well-being while on duty.

the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, emphasized the importance of recognizing the health hazards associated with manual sweeping and the need for comprehensive training to address them.

Acknowledging the invaluable contribution of sanitation workers in maintaining the cleanliness of Lagos, Dr. Gbadegesin underscored the Authority’s commitment to ensuring their overall welfare beyond physical safety.

This commitment is exemplified by the recent distribution of LAG-ID cards to sweepers in collaboration with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA), granting them access to comprehensive healthcare plans and essential services.

The introduction of LAG-ID cards marks a significant milestone, empowering sweepers to prioritize their health and well-being, ultimately fostering a more motivated and productive workforce.

Additionally, access to financial services such as loans further enhances the economic empowerment of sanitation workers.

In a bid to enhance operational efficiency, LAWMA has commenced the deployment of additional mechanized sweeping machines at strategic locations across the state.

This modernization initiative aims to complement the efforts of sanitation workers while alleviating the physical demands of manual sweeping.

Dr. Gbadegesin reiterated LAWMA’s commitment to a technology-driven approach aimed at achieving a clean environment and enhancing productivity.

He assured that the introduction of mechanized sweeping programs would not result in job losses for sanitation workers.

As the rainy season approaches, LAWMA appeals to motorists to exercise caution and refrain from littering, emphasizing the collective responsibility to maintain a clean environment.

Through its proactive measures and commitment to the well-being of sanitation workers, LAWMA continues to set a standard for excellence in waste management, ensuring a cleaner and healthier Lagos for all residents.

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