A police traffic warden attached to Sabo Police Division in Lagos, Insp. Josephine Ogene, was on Thursday honoured by the DAAR Communications for her outstanding performance in traffic management.
The Managing Director, Radio Services, Daar Communications, the owners of Raypower, AIT and Faaji FM station, Mr Ambrose Shomide, presented the award to her while controlling traffic at St. Agnes Junction, Sabo-Yaba Road, Lagos.
For the about 180 seconds while the award ceremony lasted, motorists and members of the public watched with admiration.
Shomide said the award was part of the organisation’s Corporate Social Responsibility to honour people, who had distinguished themselves in their jobs or chosen careers.
He said that the organisation received many calls, requesting for an award for Ogene as the number one traffic warden in the state.
“While we were decorating her, motorists and others who had seen her performance were singing her praises as number one traffic warden.
“That 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 a short time,” Shomide said.
In her response, Ogene, who had put in more than 20 years on the job, told newsmen that she enjoyed controlling traffic and the appreciation she received from people passing or motorists.
“I feel so happy doing this job. It gives me more joy when people appreciate me on duty. I have got nine awards before now. This Daar Communications one makes it the 10th award.
“A day I will never forget happened about two weeks ago when a bullion van hit me while controlling traffic,” she said.
“I was posted to Sabo Division since 2011 and I am grateful to God and the people for appreciating my work.”
A commercial bus driver at the event, Mr Emeka Udo, said “Ogene’s performance is outstanding, I am not surprised that she received the award.
“We call her ‘Iron Mama’ whenever she is on duty, no traffic around here. She knows the job and she does it smiling.”