The Lagos State House of Assembly has condemned actions of Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), street sweepers in a viral video where they protested over alleged unpaid salaries and urged the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to investigate those behind the act
It stated that the action of the sweepers ridiculed the state status and for that, the officials behind the delayed payment should be held responsible with appropriate penalties.
This was contained in the Lagos State House of Assembly motion number 22 moved by Desmond Elliot along with other lawmakers during plenary yesterday.
In the motion entitled; “Need to Enhance Waste Management In Lagos State, ” the lawmakers urged the governor to direct the Commissioner, Ministry of Finance, Accountant General, State Treasury Office, the Commissioner, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, the Acting Managing Director, Lagos State Waste Management Authority and other relevant Agencies to expedite action on the payment of all outstanding allowances of the sweepers.
The Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, at the plenary, stated that there was a need to address the issues raised by the staff of LAWMA.
Obasa stated sweepers were employed to sweep Lagos State roads based on a humanitarian gesture of the state government, which he said had the alternative of using mechanised ways of removing wastes in the state.
“The state can come up with mechanised ways of removing wastes. We also want to reduce crime, which was why we are doing the job manually.
“We should condemn those behind the video because there are many ways of making their grievances known. The issue started during the break out of COVID-19 and everybody was affected. Those behind the video should be brought to book. We should condemn those going to the media to embarrass the government.
“For those who played roles in the delay of the salaries of the sweepers, the committee should see how they could be held responsible,” Obasa added.
Earlier, Elliot stated that the House resolved to commend the efforts of the Lagos State government on waste management in the state.
The lawmaker stressed that the House condemned those behind the videos that went viral on the issue of non-payment of the salaries of sweepers by LAWMA and that the House called on the governor and the Ministry of the Environment to look into it with a view to bringing the people behind it to book.
“Governor Sanwo-Olu should direct the Commissioner, Ministry of Information and Strategy in conjunction with the relevant agencies to sensitize members of the public on the need to dispose of their refuse properly and the importance of having a waste bin in their respective houses, and mandate the Committee on the Environment to investigate the immediate and remote causes of these irregularities in LAWMA with a view to finding a lasting solution to the matter,” he said.
While stating that the House was mindful of the modern technology means deployed by the state government to ensure a cleaner Lagos, the lawmaker said that the Governor should mandate the Committee on the Environment to investigate the activities of LAWMA to make their job more effective.
Elliot added that everything was going smoothly before COVID-19, and that with COVID-19, the state suffered a lot over IGRs.
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