Cycology Cycling Club, a non-profit organisation, yesterday donated food and money to street sweepers in Lagos, as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) to make an impact on society.
Club members cycled from the axis of Oworoshoki through Awolowo Road, Alexander, Gerald and Dolphin Estate, all in Ikoyi.
The captain of the club, Mr Tunde Laoye who spoke to THISDAY shortly after their exercise described the sweepers as a very important element saying that for them getting up early every day to do their duty to keep the clean streets, is very commendable.
“We all know the dangers of being run over by vehicles or being attacked by thugs. For these men and women to come out every day at 5 a.m. and make sure the roads are clean, we have to really appreciate them.
He said they met them in large numbers at Oworoshoki and handed out more than 200 packs containing food and water, adding that with the smiles on their faces, they were motivated.
Asked how the club intends to continue the effort, Laoye replied: “We have been doing it for 10 years. “Before, we used to do it every sanitation day and would give them water to refresh them, but now we have gone further by giving them food and money.”
He advised the government to make the environment safer for them saying some of them are being hit by cars and should be properly compensated with a pay rise as they are on essential duty.
“We support the government, so we hope the government will also do a bit more for them.”
The club’s vice-captain, Ms Temitope George, said the gesture was their little way of appreciating the street sweepers.
“Most of us at the club are cycling enthusiasts and professionals in different fields, as well as civil servants. We are simply doing our best to encourage those people who risk their lives every day to keep our environment clean and safe for road users.
CSR Secretary Ms Yejide Taiwo said the aim is to appreciate sweepers, recognize them and support them in what they do on a daily basis.
“So today we decided to appreciate them by giving them gift bags containing food. This will further motivate them to keep doing their job conscientiously. I’m sure none of them expected to receive a gift. They were indeed very grateful for the gift. We know we’ve touched them in some way and we know that will continue to motivate them,” she said.
She noted that so far, when the sweepers see club members coming, they appreciate them, adding that they try to involve their sponsors so they can make an additional impact on society.