COVID-19 : Lagos meets with stakeholders to reopen economy

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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The Lagos State Government has began meetings with stakeholders towards reopening the state’s economy.

The Director of the Lagos Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola at a press conference held on Saturday said that the state was set to begin the ‘Register-to-Open Initiative’, a gradual process towards the reopening of the state’s economy interjected by COVID-19.

“In line with the directives of Mr. Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the guidelines towards reopening of the economy especially Religious and Social centres have been developed and consultation are ongoing with all stakeholders in partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture,” Mojola said.

The Director General stated that upon registration, a verification process will be carried out to ensure adequate space management is put in place across the various centres to guarantee that social distancing, hygiene and safety measures are maintained across all Religious and Social centres.

Mojola disclosed that a committee had been setup by Governor Sanwo-Olu, headed by the Commissioner for Special Duties and intergovernmental Relations, Engr. Tayo Bamgbose-Martins. Members of the Committee were drawn from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Home Affairs, Physical Planning and Urban Renewal, Economic Planning and Budget to smoothen the process of reopening.

The Lagos State Safety Commission chief said his commission had already met with Stakeholders in the Hospitality and Tourism Sector and would continue to engage more stakeholders in the coming week.

According to him, sectors that would be given priority included religious centres, event centres, gyms, night clubs, bars, lounges, spars, cinemas, restaurants, etc.

He however appealed that the only way to beat the Covid-19 pandemic is through collective effort with all Stakeholders, urging residents to cooperate with the Government in adhering to the COVID-19 safety guidelines.

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