ZOMBO. Paidha town council authorities on Thursday handed over protective gears worth millions of shillings to 35 road workers in a bid to protect them from work-related risks.

The items came with warnings to the beneficiaries not to sell off the gears or face disciplinary action.

The protective gears included among others; 38 gumboots, 30 pairs of heavy-duty gloves, fork hoes, wheelbarrows and reflector jackets.

Speaking during the handover of the items at the town council offices, Mr John Paschal Wapokra, the chairman Paidha town council said it is their duty to provide workers with whatever they need to effectively execute their duties.

“We have to protect you from getting harm at work and for that matter, I want you people to use these gears regularly and properly for your own safety at work,” he said.

Wapokra urged the road workers not to use the gears for other activities and pointed out that they are strictly meant to carry out the town council’s work. He observed that the gears may quickly get worn out because some of the road workers will use them to do other activities.

Ms Hadijja Anecho, the secretary for works warned the road workers against non-usage of the items which she said puts the council authorities in a bad light.

“Make sure you use these gears because if you don’t, people may think we are not caring about your safety because we also have infectious garbage in this town,” she said.

Anecho warned the road workers against the temptation to sell off the gears and vowed tough penalty against those who will be found guilty of selling theirs.

“Some of you sold off the ones they got last year but we shall punish those who will sell theirs this time around,” Anech warned.

One of the beneficiaries, Ms Martha Mon-mandha, a resident of Anyong village commended the town council authorities for the protective gears which she said will give them better protection at work.

Mon-mandha said she has worked in the road sector for at least 9 years and she has since then been able to pay school fees for the orphans under her care and put up a permanent house among other benefits.

“We also do savings among ourselves and this has given me the capacity to do so many things for my family and especially for those under my care,” she said.

She implored other women to also take part in the road work which was once dominated by the men. She said there are at least 9 women out of the 35 road workers employed by the town council. Protective gears are given annually to the workers to enhance their safety while at work.