The hard-working street cleaners employed by the Ogun State Waste Management Authority (OGWAMA) have recently voiced their concerns regarding the inadequate payment system and frequent salary delays, JungleTalker reports.
Despite the official minimum wage in the state being set at #18,000, these dedicated individuals receive a mere #15,000 per month, and to make matters worse, this sum is not consistently paid on time.
One anonymous worker, who identified her Local Government Area as Ijebu Ode LGA, voiced her grievances, emphasizing the regularity of late payments and how it has affected their livelihoods.
In addition, these workers have yet to benefit from the governor’s intervention to cushion the impact of fuel subsidy removal, where other workers received an additional #10,000. The street cleaners’ salaries remain unchanged, and they still face delayed payments.
This pressing issue has not gone unnoticed by the affected street cleaners, who play a crucial role in maintaining the cleanliness and sanitation of the state’s streets and major roads. Their work, often physically demanding and underappreciated, is vital for public health and environmental upkeep. The prolonged salary problems are taking a significant toll on their livelihoods and overall morale.
In light of these complaints, the street cleaners are sending their heartfelt pleas and urgently calling on the Ogun State Governor, H.E Dapo Abiodun, to intervene and prevail over this critical matter. They look to the governor, the Honourable Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Ola Oresanya, and the stakeholders of OGWAMA to extend their support and find a lasting solution to the issue.
Additionally, The street cleaners hope that their concerns will be taken seriously and that their salaries will be paid on time, and in line with the state’s minimum wage standards.
They also hope that the governor and the commissioner will extend their support to alleviate the impact of the fuel subsidy removal, making their lives a bit more bearable while they continue to serve the state diligently.