Lagos sacks LAWMA contractors over widespread fraud
A mild drama took place on Sunday after a government contractor, Ms. Wuraola Williams, aka Iron Lady, who was reportedly indicted in an audit report, stormed the Lagos House, Marina, with some street sweepers.
Furthermore, according to the PUNCH, the operator said she doesn’t want to work 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.
Furthermore, The Punch correspondent gathered that the action followed the termination of Iron Lady’s contract by the government.
Also, some other contractors were sacked for violating the terms of their agreement with the state.
Earlier before, The PUNCH had reported 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.
The Lagos State Government, The PUNCH learned, pays the contractors over N560m monthly.
However, the investigation showed that a large chunk of the 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.
LAWMA, in a statement, said those 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.”
It maintained that all employees of the affected companies could re-apply directly to the authority for employment consideration.
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