Sweepers employed by Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) Shelter Maintenance to be sweeping LAMATA-constructed bus shelters along Mile 12-Ketu –Ikorodu Road –Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) axes of Lagos, yesterday, August 7 2017 staged a protest over the non-payment of their five months’ salaries.
The sweepers who were in their sweeping kits carried placards with inscriptions appealing to the management of LAMATA to pay them their salaries.
Some of the inscriptions read: “LAMATA, pay us our salaries ever since the month of February,’“LAMATA, why are you denying us our money, you are punishing us.’’
While speaking with newsmen, Mrs Musiliu Akindele, one of the sweepers said their employer was initially paying each sweeper N10,000 per month before it was increased to N15,0000.
“We were only paid for January and February, 2017. Our employer owes each of us five months’ salary arrears.
“With the non-payment of our salaries; we cannot afford them and this is affecting our service, she said. “Each broom costs N200 and now that the salary is not paid, we have no means to buy them to work,” she said.
Another sweeper, Mrs Morufat Egunjobi, who covers the LAMATA bus-stop shelters around Ketu, a Lagos suburb said that they usually work between 6a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Sundays.
“We do not have duty off and no motivations from our employer. Yet, our employer owes us five months of unpaid salary arrears.
“Some of us who could not cope with the harsh situation had stopped working, the rest of us are doing it on empty promises that we will be paid one day.
Reacting to it, the head of media and communication, LAMATA, Mr Kola Ojelabi said the state government was processing the funds for the payment of the sweepers.