CHURCH HAILS LAWMA 18th Augusty, 2011 By Press Unit
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has commended the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) for engaging physically challenged workers on its payroll.
The commendation was made at the presentation of wheelchairs to 25 physically challenged LAWMA workers at Olushosun Landfill Ojota.
The National Director, Public Affairs of the Church, Mrs. Tola Hassan revealed during the presentation that the concept of welfare service started by the Church in 1936 was targeted at the poor and needy.
She explained that the donation was in appreciation of LAWMA’s ingenious use of human and material resources, especially the physically challenged.
Mr. Sina Olukanmi, a leader in the Church, noted that the welfare scheme had intervened in the area of emergency response, clean water, food and provision of immunization, in the bid to strengthen self-reliance of individuals, families and communities.
In his remarks on the occasion to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Church, the Managing Director of LAWMA, Mr. Ola Oresanya said the increased patronage of pedestrian bridges and the resultant littering of the bridges by pedestrians, informed LAWMA’s engagement of the physically challenged who hitherto solicited for alms on the bridges.
The Managing Director urged other non-governmental and corporate organizations to emulate the church by always giving something to the society.
One of the physically challenged beneficiaries, Mr. Yisa Mufutau, commended the Church and LAWMA for giving them a life-line adding that “since we came in contact with LAWMA our standard of living has improved considerably”.
Some of the bridges the beneficiaries now work on includes, Alapere Ketu, Aswani/5 Star Apapa Oshodi Expressway, Hassan Bus-Stop Oshodi, Cele Bus-Stop, Iyana Oworo/Berger, Iyana Oworo/Car Wash, Marina, Olopo Meji Oworo etc, while beneficiaries are Samson Omosanya, Shehu Mohammed, Ibrahim Abass, Jemilatu Olayiwola, Sarah Olayinka, Sunday Abolaji, Shebiu Mohammed, Wosila Isaac, Farouk Galadimi, Salami Alabi, Saidi Badamosi, Muftau Isa, Weliu Shaibu, Akeem Azeez, Ishola Kareem and Abdulahi Saba.