By IFEOMA Ikem
It was a joyous occasion and unforgettable moment for Inspector Josephine Ogene, a police traffic warden attached to Sabo Police Division in Lagos State, as DAAR Communications rewarded her for outstanding performance in traffic control in the state.
The Managing Director, Radio Services, Daar Communication, Mr Ambrose Shomide, represented the owner of Raypower, AIT and Faaji FM station while he presented the award to her while controlling traffic at Agnes bus- stop, Sabo-Yaba Road, Lagos.
Shomide said that the award was part of the organization’s corporate social responsibilities to honour people that had exceptionally distinguished themselves in their jobs.
He said that the organization received many calls, requesting for an award for Ogene as number one traffic warden in the state.
“While we were decorating her, motorists and others who knew her performance were singing her praises as number one traffic warden.
According him, ‘this shows that our choice of her for the award was not wrong. People testified that anytime she is on duty, no matter the traffic situation, she clears it within short time,” Shomide noted.
Speaking to newsmen, Insp. ogene who had put in more than 20 years in the job, said she enjoys controlling the traffic as people passing bye appreciated her.
“I feel so happy to do the job. It gives me more joy when people appreciate me on duty. I have gotten nine awards before now. Daar communication makes it 10 awards.
“There is a day I will never forget when a bullion van hit me while controlling the traffic. I have been in Sabo Division since 2011. I am grateful to God and people that appreciated my work,”she said.
Mrs Justina Abiola who is a retailer at the bus stop commended her effort saying she is always happy when controlling the traffic.
A commercial bus driver, Taye Ogunjubi said that the officer’s performance is excellent, stressing that no traffic warder you can compare with her.
Another bus driver said she deserve more awards because under the rain and sun she is here smiling.
“We call her ” Iron Mama”. When she is on duty, nobody meet traffic around here. She knows the job and she does it with passion.