Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA said it has terminated the services of some waste management contractors after the agency discovered fraudulent activities in their operations.
LAWMA said in a statement that:
“The Lagos State Waste Management Authority has announced the immediate termination of all street-sweeping briefs awarded to some companies found involved in practices violating their contracts
“The Agency also revealed that the recent audit exercise approved by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu exposed the sharp practices of the agents, assuring that services will be repositioned for greater efficiency and value for tax-payers’ money.”
“The announcement, which was contained in a statement issued by the Agency on Friday, noted that the termination of the contracts was informed by established cases of unethical behaviour.”
“The statement maintained that all employees of the affected companies could re-apply directly to the Authority for employment consideration.”
It also informed that as part of LAWMA’s rebranding process and efforts to sanitise operations, the management has approved the restoration of single apparel as a uniform for all street sweepers in order to enable easy identification of genuine workers.”
According to an investigation by PUNCH, Lagos State was being defrauded of millions of naira in a scheme involving LAWMA contractors.
The contractors, many of whom are politicians, allegedly inflated the wage bills of the street sweepers and supervisors under them.
The Lagos State Government, The medium learnt, pays the contractors over N560m monthly.