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No fewer than 5000 job seekers in Lagos State besieged the Agege Stadium yesterday to apply for job as Community Sanitation Workers (CSW) under the ongoing recruitment exercise by the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI).
The three-day exercise which commenced yesterday, is expected to end on Monday. The initiative being undertaken under the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration is aimed at effecting cleaner, safer and healthier environment in the state.
One of the recruitment officials, Mr. Ibrahim Fearon said those that will be employed will not be just street sweepers, but an employee of the state government. He said contrary to what was in place under the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), where the street sweepers were casuals, employed by Private Service Providers, who were paid by the government, there is a career part in the new initiative.
“We want to put some dignity into it. They don’t only get tax free monthly pay, they are also pensionable.” He added there is going to be an accident insurance and to avoid spending money on transportation by the workers.
Under the new initiative, Fearon said those employed would also enjoy life insurance and health insurance. One of the applicants, Mary Emmanuel, a BSC holder in Mathematics from Ekiti State University said she filled the form online to apply for employment.
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