According to Punch today, the fraud was recently discovered in the Lagos State Waste Management Agency by an audit team appointed by the government.
The running cost of LAWMA rose from about N540m to N1bn and the former MD Muyiwa Gbadegesin was asked to step aside for an audit. A new MD, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, was asked to oversee the process.
Working with partner organisations and operators, LAWMA has 652 operators with 15,498 workers, including sweepers and supervisors working.
The operators are allocated different areas of Lagos, which are designated as routes. There are 600 routes in Lagos.
At the head of the fraud which is prevalent in the Ikorodu axis is a contractor identified as Iron Lady who had 66 routes assigned to her. The woman, it was said, claimed to have 2,310 workers. The auditors discovered that most of the names submitted by the woman to collect money were non-existent, while a number of the routes were unkempt.
On the appointed day, only half of the number she gave showed up for verification. In some cases, a sweeper would be discovered to own several phones documented under different names,” the Punch source said
Based on the figures she submitted to government, her company was collecting over N80m monthly from LAWMA.