Lagos set to restart economic, religious activities

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The Lagos State Government has announced its readiness to restart economic and religious activities in the state with the introduction of a reopening process tagged Register-to-Open Initiative.

The Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola, disclosed this during a press conference on the government’s plan towards the gradual reopening of the economy.

The DG said that in line with the directives of Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the guidelines towards reopening of the economy, especially religious and social centres have been developed and consultation is ongoing with all stakeholders in partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Mojola said 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.

He stated that a committee has been set up by the governor headed by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Engr. Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, consisting of other ministries, including the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Home Affairs, Physical Planning and Urban Renewal, Economic Planning and Budget, to ensure that the process of reopening is done effortlessly.

He added that the commission has met with various stakeholders in the hospitality and tourism sector and will be engaging more stakeholders in the coming week on the best approach to the gradual reopening of the economy and registration of entities within the various sectors, noting that the process is not tedious and time-consuming, but takes into account all religious centres, event centres, gyms, night clubs, bars, lounges, spars, cinemas, restaurants, etc.

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He appealed that the only way to beat the Covid-19 pandemic is through a collective effort with all Stakeholders and urged all a sundry to cooperate with the Government in adhering to the safety guidelines.

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