Lagos State, the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria, is considering re-opening its economy, thereby easing the current protracted lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the State.
The commercial hub of Nigeria has been the hardest hit by COVID-19, being the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
According to the latest COVID-19 Update by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), it has recorded 3,224 cases so far.
Nevertheless, it is considering opening its economy again- just like a number of countries around the globe.
The State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, however, says the re-opening will not be hastily done:
“The various sectors will be reset in gradual manner. The construction and manufacturing sectors will be accorded high priority, while the entertainment and hospitality sectors will be considered in the second phase.
As the commercial centre of the country, we are offering incentives to businesses that employ large number of people to avoid job loss.
In our plan to re-open the economy, businesses will follow our Register-to-Open guidelines with protocols that workplaces must put in place. pic.twitter.com/zJgEWLMksK
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) May 22, 2020
“We are committed to tackling this virus and breaking the cycle of transmission, but we must all do our parts, #TakeResponsibility and comply with the guidelines,” he emphasized.
Amaka E. Nliam