INSIDEMAINLAND – An operative of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and a landlord had a disagreement over an excessive service fee of 270,250 for waste disposal despite not rendering any service to his house on Greenland street, in Egbeda axis of Lagos state.
The landlord, Mr Samuel Ogun disclosed that the move was in a bid to extort him and he claimed that one of the agent’s field workers also confirmed that he didn’t make use of the service.
He noted that the duration for the fee was not stated in his bill, adding that efforts to get explanations from the operatives proved abortive.
“On October 1, 2021, my tenant alerted me to a letter from LAWMA officials in Alimosho LGA, which was pasted on my gate. The letter said I owed the sum of N270,250 for waste disposal. They never rendered any services to me and the occupants in the main building.
“But before the letter was served, a waste management team once locked some shops in our area. I engaged the senior officer who led the team and she said they were collecting revenue on behalf of the local government. After a while, the team left. “He said.
He was also quoted saying “So, I had to search for the agent in charge of our area and while calling the numbers on their document, one Dare Odukoya, who claimed to be the owner of Olaolu Gragex Limited operating on Greenland Street, picked.”
He made it known that he was invited for further deliberation at the Alimosho LGA secretariat, and upon getting there he discovered that Odukoya was also the secretary to the local government.
The septuagenarian alleged that Odukoya was using his position in the local government to compel him to pay for services he did not receive.
Ogun said, “Right in front of him, I asked one of his workers if they ever entered my compound to carry out waste and he said no. But he (Odukoya) said I still have to pay. I can’t pay for services not rendered.”
Another victim, Titilope Amusa, whose shop is attached to Ogun’s house, said she and another trader were also billed N110,000.