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Lagos govt sacks LAWMA contractors over alleged contract violation, fraud

By coleworld • one year ago • 3750 views • 660 comments




The Lagos State government on Monday terminated the contracts of some operators with the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) over alleged contract violation and fraud.

In a statement issued on the matter, LAWMA said the operators violated some terms of their agreement with the government.

However, the staff of the affected companies had been directed to re-apply directly to the authority for employment.

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A panel set up by the state government earlier in the year discovered that the 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.

 

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The state pays the contractors over N560m monthly.

An audit of the agency undertaken by the state government revealed that a huge chunk of the money was going to ghost workers and non-existent contractors.

LAWMA added that those indicted in the audit had been asked to go.

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The statement read: “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.”


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