Lagos shuts 430 event centres, clubs for violating COVID-19 protocols

The Lagos State Safety Commission on Thursday said it had shut 430 event centres and night clubs in the state for violating COVID-19 protocols.

The Director-General of the commission, Lanre Mojola, in a statement on Thursday, said the commission was saddled with the responsibility of developing safety guidelines for the state’s reopening of economic activities post-COVID-19 lockdown.

He said, “The commission was involved in the enforcement of COVID-19 protocol and this led to sealing of 30 event centres and 400 clubs across the state.”

Mojola also said the commission had carried out a risk assessment and unscheduled safety inspections of construction sites to ensure safety compliance, as well as adherence to COVID-19 protocols to prevent accidents and loss of lives.

He added that the commission issued provisional safety compliance certificates for 90 days and would issue safety compliance certificates thereafter if compliance status was maintained at the sites.

Mojola disclosed that enforcement action was carried out in 609 construction sites for repeated failure to comply with safety regulations.

“The idea is to provide a comprehensive strategic framework and policy direction for Occupational Safety and Health in Lagos State. This will further protect the state’s most valuable resource and asset (its human capital) by building a safer and healthier Lagos through the development and sustenance of safe and healthy work culture,” he said.

On school safety, Mojola said the commission had established safety prefects in public and private schools, saying the inauguration of safety ambassadors in the six education districts of the state had begun.

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