Physically-Impaired Street Sweepers Seek Pay Rise, Says The Pay Isn’t Enough


According To Punch, some physically challenged people allegedly employed by the Lagos State Waste Management Authority as street sweepers have called on the agency to increase their salary. Some of the physically challenged people who spoke with the news outlet on Monday in the Oshodi area of the state, allegedly earn between N5,000 and N30,000 monthly while some said they relied solely on donations from the public.

One employee, Sayo Ajayi, showed the news outlet his ID card which was said to have been issued by LAWMA. He revealed that his N5,000 salary was too small to sustain him and his family. Ajayi, who said he was a beggar for seven years before joining LAWMA, added that it was difficult for him to climb the bridge to carry out his task, but he had no choice since he needed to cater for his family.

He said,

“Some years ago, my colleague and I were paid N12,000 to share and the official who was bringing the money then would remove N1,000 from it but now they pay N5,000 directly to my account. It is not easy surviving with N5,000 per month, especially in the current economic situation.”

Also speaking with PUNCH Metro, Alowonle, who claimed to have been working for LAWMA for 12 years said he was being paid N30,000 monthly but the amount was not sufficient to cater for his family’s needs.

Reacting, LAWMA’s Director of Public Affairs, Mrs Folashade Kadiri, said the organization was committed to ensuring that its workers, regardless of their abilities, receive fair and competitive compensation for their efforts and that no street sweepers are earning N5,000.

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