The Lagos House of Assembly has urged Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to investigate the recent protest by street sweepers engaged by Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) over non-payment of their salaries.
This appeal to Sanwo-Olu followed a motion, entitled; “Need to Enhance Waste Management In Lagos State,” moved by Mr Desmond Elliot (Surulere Constituency I) during plenary on Monday, July 7.
1st News had reported that highway workers on June 23 embarked on the protest over non-payment of their three-month salaries.
The sweepers also took to social media to express their grievances.
In a video posted on Twitter, the sweepers were seen removing their uniforms and dumping them on the floor; which formed a huge pile.
Elliot said the House condemned those behind the videos that went viral on the issue of non-payment of their salaries.
The lawmaker urged the House to call on the governor and the Ministry of the Environment to look into it and bring the people behind it to book.
“The House should call on Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the Commissioner, Ministry of Finance, Accountant General, State Treasury Office, the Commissioner, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources.
“Others are 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.
“Gov. Sanwo-Olu should direct the Commissioner, Ministry of Information and Strategy; in conjunction with the relevant agencies to sensitise members of the public on the need to dispose of their refuse properly.”
“The state government should also sensitise the public on the importance of having a waste bin in their respective houses.
“The House should also 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.
Elliot said the House was mindful of the modern technology means deployed by the state government to ensure a cleaner Lagos.
He said that Sanwo-Olu should mandate the Committee on the Environment to investigate the activities of LAWMA to make their job more effective.
Elliot said that the House also needed to commend the efforts of the state government; on waste management in the state.
In his comment, the Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, said there was a need to address the issues raised by the highway workers during the protest.
Obasa said the highway workers were employed to clean the roads based on the humanitarian gesture of the state government.
The speaker said that the state government 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,” he said.