Lagos Assembly urges Sanwo-Olu to investigate highway workers protests

The Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu wearing a cloth face mask
Emeh Joy

The Lagos State House of Assembly has urged the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to make investigations into the recent protest by street sweepers engaged by the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) over non-payment of their salaries.

The resolution followed a motion which was titled, "Need to Enhance Waste Management in Lagos State" and was moved by Mr Desmond Eliot representing Surulere Constituency 1 during the plenary on Monday.

It was earlier reported that on June 23, the highway workers embarked on a protest over non-payment of their three months salaries. They also expressed their grievances via social media platforms.

A video posted on Twitter showed the sweepers removing their uniforms and dumping them on the floor thus, forming a huge pile with them.

Desmond Eliot said the house condemned those behind the videos and urged that the house calls on the governor and Ministry of the Environment to look into it and have those people brought to book.

"The house should call on Governor 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 West Management Authority and other relevant Agencies to expedite action on the payment of all outstanding allowances of the sweepers.

"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.

"The state government should also sensitize 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", Eliot said.

The Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, also said there was a need to address the issues raised by the highway sweepers during the protest.

"The state can come up with mechanized 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 said.

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