Six Weeks After She Was Killed While Sweeping 3rd Mainland Bridge, Folasade’s Family Hasn’t Been Paid Her Benefits

Written by on October 9, 2019

Six weeks after Folasade Ogunniyi, was knocked into the lagoon while working as a street sweeper on the Third Mainland Bridge, her family is yet to receive the promised N45,000 compensation by the Highway Manager, which was her three months salary.

Folasade’s body was recovered from the lagoon under the bridge on Friday, August 23, three days after she was killed by a hit-and-run driver.

Until her death, Folasade, a mother of three, was employed by Highway Managers, an environment sanitation company, working in collaboration with the Lagos State government.

Before her death, she was earning N15,000 per month from the company, an amount even less than the outgone minimum wage of N18,000. To compensate her family for the loss and service she rendered for the 24 months of her engagement, Highway Manager said the family will be paid N45,000, which represents her three months salary.

But Folasade’s husband in a chat with The Guardian Journalists, said the money has not been paid. “I was always going there (the office) and I kept being asked to come back. They (High Manager) told us that they are working on her death certificate and some other things. When it is ready, they said the insurance will be paid, but I have since resigned to fate,” he said.

On the day of the accident, Ogunniyi had left her house in Oworonsoki area of Lagos at about 5:30a.m. to her duty post, the ever-busy Third Mainland Bridge to sweep, her husband narrated.

“Some of the people that saw the incident said she was even yet to start work when the accident happened. She was still placing cones when a certain Honda vehicle ran at her and hit her to the lagoon.”

Highway Manager’s head at Rowe Park, Yaba, Lagos, Rotimi Sotanmi, said: “We have communicated with the family and we are doing our part. The agreement is that we will continue paying her salary (N15,000) for three months.”

He also said an unnamed insurance company had all the details and was working on making a substantial payment to the family. “It is whenever they are through with it that the family can get it (insurance).”

SOURCE; The Guardian


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