The Lagos State government has finally compensated the family of a Street sweeper, Folashade Ogunniyi who was killed by a hit and run driver while sweeping dirt on Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, Nigeria.
Mrs Ogunniyi who met her untimely death in August 2019 while working on the Lagos Third Mainland bridge as sweeper was employed by Highway Managers, an environment sanitation firm contracted by the Lagos State Government.
The body of the mother of three was recovered from the lagoon, underneath the bridge on Friday, August 23, three days after she was killed.
It was gathered that she earned N15,000 as salary before her death without insurance policy in place. Highway Managers initially promised to pay N45,000 to the family to make up for her salary for three months
The deceased husband, Sotanmi Ogunniyi who was praised the media, legal practitioners and well meaning Nigerians that stood by the family during and after the incident said, “We received financial and legal help from sympathizers who read newspapers stories and reached out to the family”.
He mentioned one of the lawyers, Osita Enwe, a lawyer with SRJ Legal Practitioners who offered legal services to the family and successfully reached an agreement for compensation between the company, Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity and Sotanmi.
Barr Enwe who confirmed the news on the compensation said, “After a lot of negotiations, we were able to reach an agreement that two million Naira should be paid to the family to compensate for the deceased death at point of duty”.
Also, Folashade’s husband, a private driver in Lagos, confirmed that he had received N500,000 from the N2 million based on their agreement, adding “We agreed that the company will pay N100,000 to the family for 15 months to complete the payment”.