Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Lanre Mojola has disclosed that the commission is set to begin the Register-To-Open initiative of the state government.
Speaking recently at a press conference organised to inform the general public about the state government’s plan towards gradual reopening of the economy, Mojola declared 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 consultations are ongoing with all stakeholders in partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
He noted 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 observed across all religious and social centres.
According to him, the governor has set up a committee, comprising of the representatives of the Ministries of Tourism, Arts and Culture; Home Affairs; Physical Planning and Urban Renewal; and Economic Planning and Budget, headed by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, to ensure that the process is seamless.
He stated that the commission has also met with various stakeholders in the hospitality and tourism sectors and will be engaging more stakeholders in the coming weeks on the best approach to the gradual reopening of the economy and registration of entities within the various sectors.
Mojola assured that the process is not tedious and time-consuming and will consider all religious organisations, event centres, gyms, night clubs, bars, lounges, spars, cinemas and restaurants, among others.
The Director-General, however, reminded that the only way to combat the COVID-19 pandemic is through collective efforts, urging all stakeholders to cooperate with the government by adhering to all safety guidelines issued by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the state’s Ministry of Health.