The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has warned the general public to be wary of fraudsters extorting money from residents under the guise of being debt recovery agents for the Agency.
A release signed by the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, stated that the Agency has not given any third party the responsibility of collecting waste bills from residents and businesses in the State, aside from LAWMA officers assigned for that purpose.
Odumboni said: “The residents should disregard any person, group of persons or firm, parading themselves as agents of LAWMA or Lagos State Government, assigned to collect or recover waste bills from residents. We say categorically that such persons or firms should be reported to the nearest police station, as LAWMA has not assigned the responsibility to any external individuals or bodies”.
“We are also sounding a note of warning to those criminals, masquerading as agents of the State, to desist from their fraudulent acts or face the full wrath of the law. We hereby restate for emphasis, that no other agency or organisation is mandated to collect waste bills in the State, except Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) officers duly assigned to carry out the task”, he added.
While assuring residents that the Authority would not rest on its oars in ensuring that every part of the metropolis is rid of waste, Odumboni appealed for continuous support through residents’ patronage of assigned PSP operators and prompt payment of waste bills.
He enjoined Lagosians to call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617, for all inquiries and complaints in their respective areas.