Aggrieved Highway Sweepers with the Lagos State Waste Management Agency, LAWMA, who had protested an alleged unpaid three months salaries arrears, have made a you-turn in their statements, saying they were misled to act.
Olamide Sulieman, one of the sweepers whose video went viral on social media, has expressed regret at his action. Suleiman said, he was misinformed and as such acted in ignorance of the true state of things at the agency.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to Lagosians, the State Government and the Acting Managing Director of LAWMA, to please forgive me, I was misled,’ Sulieman said.
Other aggrieved sweepers who had headed the call to embrace peace and work together with LAWMA , were on ground at the Agency ‘s headquarter at the Ijora Olopa axis of Lagos state for the routine screening and verification exercise.
The sweepers, who were full of smiles, showed tremendous appreciation at the way the management of LAWMA welcomed them with open arms.
Presenting the new LAWMA uniform to the sweepers, having successfully completed their verification exercise, the Acting MD, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, said the agency is working in accordance with directive from the Executive Governor, Babjide Sanwo Olu to absorb those that are ready to work and ensure that the agency do not create an unemployment vacuum.
“We have abolished the old uniform because that uniform has been used to commit a lot of atrocities. We are giving them a new uniform, we are going to do bio-metrics for all of them and collect their data. They have not done anything wrong with their protests, what they have done is to highlight a gap and as such have not committed any offence,” Odumboni said.
The LAWMA boss stressed that the era of ghost workers in the agency is over. He said the agency is ready to work and cooperate with sweepers who are ready to work to ensure that Lagos state is consistently clean and safe to live in.