The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday raised a motion urging the government to mobilise security agencies to check the menace of fake job advertisements in the state.
Mr Abiodun Tobun (APC-Epe I), who raised the motion said the security challenges were emanating from such fake adverts that are often pasted on street walls.
Tobun prayed the House to call on Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode to direct the State Neighborhood Safety Corps, Department of State Security (DSS) and the Commissioner of Police in the state to curb the activities of scammers who defraud job seekers.
“This motion is borne out of conviction. If you go around Lagos, you will be amazed seeing the number of adverts of jobs that are non-existent with a view to luring unsuspected youth into their dens,” he said.
According to him, some victims are kidnapped, raped or even die in the process.
“Ritual killers also use that as a strategy and it is time for the government to track down perpetrators of these crimes and ensure that it is nipped in the bud,” Tobun, who is the Acting Chairman, House Committee on Works and Infrastructure said.
Contributing, the Acting Chairman, House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, Mr Rotimi Olowo remarked that when the population is moving geometrically and the job is growing arithmetically, there that there was going to be a vacuum.
“They come up with strategies to recruit innocent Nigerians, maim and kill them.
“I am worried as a politician because 2019 is around the corner, people will believe the politicians are the ones, who need human parts.’’
Olowo said that the Lagos State Signage and Advertisements Agency (LASAA) must ensure scammers are detected.
Also speaking, Mr Segun Olulade (APC-Epe II) called on the newly established Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps to do more in terms of intelligence gathering.
“We have seen a lot of advertisements on walls in the streets, claiming what they are not,’’ Olulade said.
He said that emphasis should be laid on publicity and enlightenment and called for the sustenance of the state’s Employment Trust Fund, aimed at providing loans for small-scale businesses.
Mr Rasheed Makinde (APC-Ifako-Ijaiye II) said that he had once been a victim of such sharp practices.
According to him, the Lagos State is working assiduously to provide jobs.
He urged the Federal Government to do the same to curb the influx of unemployed youths into the state.
In his remarks, the Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, said it was not out of place to seek for jobs but that the situation has been turned upside down.
“I strongly believe that the neighbourhood safety corps is not doing enough in this aspect,” Obasa said.
He called on the corps to verify claims on adverts placed on walls and liaise with the police in intelligence gathering to address the trend.
By Our Correspondent