Governor AbdulRazaq Provides Health Insurance for Street Sweepers

Date: 2024-06-23

According to a news report from Voice of Nigeria, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has introduced health insurance for all street sweepers in the state, emphasising the importance of their health for maintaining their productivity.

The state's Deputy Governor, Mr. Kayode Alabi, revealed this during an interactive session with the sweepers in Ilorin on Saturday.

Represented by the Commissioner for Youth Development, Malam Shehu Ndanusa, Alabi announced that the sweepers would be registered by state health insurance officials and issued registration/enrollment cards for use at state-owned hospitals.

“Most of the sweepers are indigenes and have the opportunity to access the health insurance for free. All they need to do is to get registered.

“This is to encourage them to perform well in their work and make them know that their health is paramount to us,” the Deputy Governor said.

Hajiya Nafisat Buge, the state’s Commissioner for Environment, while speaking during the event said it was to celebrate workers who work tirelessly to make the city clean.

“This is done through prompt release of the monthly allocation used for the operations of sanitation, repair of trucks and payment of these categories of workers.

“An occasion like this will help these workers to pour out their mind on some of the challenges or hazard of keeping the state clean and the way forward,” the Commissioner, who was represented by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Ayinla, said.

One of the sweepers, Madam Abosede Amuda, while responding on behalf of others thanked the state government for promptly paying their salaries.

She noted that they received their June payment before the Sallah celebration.

Amuda however said that the 15,000 Naira being paid monthly was too small, saying they hardly have money to feed after removing transport fare to work daily.

“We plead with the government to increase our salary by considering the hike in transportation fare and increase in prices of food stuffs in the market,” she said.

The sweepers also asked for more environmental task force officials to be deployed across the state, to ensure proper disposal of refuse.

They claimed that some residents of the state deliberately pour their wastes on the roads. 25 sweepers were awarded for their diligent service and were given a sum of 5,000 Naira each, with a big food warmer.

The organizers however gave all the sweepers present at the event with transportation fare back home.

 


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