LAGOS State Government
agencies, Lagos Metropolitan
Area Transport Authority
(LAMATA) and the Lagos State
Signage and Advertisement
Agency (LASAA), have
warned residents against
applying for phony job
advertised on public utilities.
The agencies said that the
consequences of patronising
advertisements placed
on some of the LAMATA
bus sheds and other open
spaces were calamitous.
Most of the newly upgraded
LAMATA bus sheds have
been defaced with phony jobs
placement by unscrupulous
people who are out to scam
unsuspecting job seekers.
Most of the job adverts were
written with black ink and
most written under the cover
of the night when there is less
presence of security personnel.
Almost all the newly
constructed LAMATA bus
sheds of the Bus Rapid Transit,
BRT, have the Job adverts.
The sheds at CMS, Tafawa
Balewa Square, TBS, Costain,
Barracks, Ojota and Ketu
among others were not spared.
One of the BRT Bus Ticket
sellers on the employ of
LAMATA, Ronke Adisa,
revealed that the adverts were
often placed in the night to
evade arrest by the Police.
“We come in the morning to
see the job adverts written on
the bus sheds. We are aware that
they are not genuine and I have
even warned someone copying
the numbers written on the wall.
“Most of the job seekers may
not be aware of it because they are
desperate. Things are very hard
for people, so some people want
to use that avenue to exploit.
“People engaging in this act are
heartless by fleecing people who
are already depressed. Aside
that, they are also destroying
the beauty of the bus sheds.
“I implore those concerned
to find a way of arresting
the perpetrators of this
ungodly act,’’ she said.
A LAMATA Supervisor,
Tunde said that some of the
phone numbers written by
the fake advertisers were
traceable, so, law enforcement
agents could track them
if they were willing to.
“Some of the phone
numbers are genuine because
they needed to get those that
will fall prey to their scam.
“Out of curiosity, I have
dialed some of the numbers
and I found out that the line was
active; I wonder why security
agencies cannot track them
down to serve as deterrent.
“I want the security
agencies to be alive to their
responsibility and track down
those responsible for this act
who know they may not be only
fraudsters but kidnappers.
“For us working at the BRT
stations, it is not our duty to
be on the lookout for those
responsible but to attend
to the customers,’’ he said.
Reacting, the Head,
Media and Communication,
LAMATA, Mr Kolawole
Ojelabi, warned the public
to disregard the deceitful
adverts placed on its
properties by the fraudsters.
“I am appealing to the
public to be guided about
the fake job adverts placed
on our bus sheds. We are
not responsible for it and
we don’t advertise jobs.
“We have plans for the
spaces on the LAMATA
bus sheds which we have
concluded plans to concession
for genuine adverts.
“As a responsible company
that is out to serve people,
we are aware of the fake job
adverts and we have alerted
security agencies about it and
some arrests have been made.
“We have reported the case
to the Lagos State Task Force
on Environmental Offences
and they are working to see
that the perpetrators are
brought to justice,’’ he said

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