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Unpaid sweepers stipends: LAWMA exonerates self, says workers welfare is priority, blames contractors

By Amidu Arije

Following protests carried out by Lagos State street sweepers in recent time over unpaid stipends, the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has clarified its position on the delayed payment of salary to sweepers as it said the contractors have been paid to pay them.

According to a statement issued on Saturday by the Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, the sweepers are directly engaged by the contractors of the Agency, who are also responsible for their monthly payments and upkeep.

While noting that the contractual agreement only exists between the Authority and the Contractors, Odumboni maintained that the State government prioritises the welfare and wellbeing of its personnel and affiliate companies.

Odumboni revealed that LAWMA had made April payments to the contractors for disbursement to their staffers, adding that efforts are ongoing to ensure the prompt release of subsequent payments.

He emphasised that the Authority appreciates the great work the sweepers are rendering, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic, and gave an assurance that LAWMA will continue to ensure prompt payment to its various contractors.

“We appreciate everyone who has shown concern and understanding of our efforts in ensuring a consistent and sustainable cleaner Lagos in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda”, he added.

The Acting Managing Director, therefore, solicited for continued support and understanding, stressing that the issue of delayed payments will be discussed with the contractor and amicably resolved to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.

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