Lagos Sacks LAWMA Contractors over Fraud

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SWITZERLAND, JUNE 23 – Drama ensued at the Lagos House, Marina on Sunday after the Lagos State Government terminated the contracts of operators with the State’s Waste Management Authority.

A government contractor, Ms. Wuraola Williams, aka Iron Lady, was said to be indicted in an audit report, stormed the Lagos House, Marina, with some street sweepers.

It was gathered that the operator said she was no longer interested in working for the government and ordered her workers to drop their uniforms.

“All of them removed their uniforms and dumped them in front of the governor’s house,” a source added.

This happened shortly after the government terminated Iron Lady’s contract

Several other contractors were also sacked for violating the terms of their agreement with the state.

It was uncovered recently that Lagos State was being defrauded of hundreds of millions of naira in a scheme involving contractors with the Lagos State Waste Management Authority.

The contractors, many of whom are politicians, allegedly inflated the wage bills of the street sweepers and supervisors under them in order to gulp the N560m payments doled out monthly by the Lagos State Government, 

However, investigations have revealed that a large chunk of this money was going to ghost workers and non-existent contractors.

Iron Lady, in particular, was alleged to be collecting N46m in excess of her actual payment per month.

The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership had alerted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, adding that the former Managing Director of the agency, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegeshin, should be questioned.

In a statement, LAWMA revealed that indicted in an audit of the agency’s account, had been sacked.

The statement said, “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 government noted that the termination of the contracts was informed by established cases of unethical behaviour.

It maintained that all employees of the affected companies could re-apply directly to the authority for employment consideration.

However, the government did not say if anyone would be prosecuted.

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