Lagos: 430 event centres, clubs shut for violating coronavirus protocols

The Lagos State Safety Commission has shut 430 event centres and night clubs across the state for violating COVID-19 protocols.

The Lagos State Safety Commission has shut 430 event centres and night clubs across the state for violating COVID-19 protocols.

Director-General (DG) of the commission, Lanre Mojola, disclosed this on Thursday, at a news conference in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

He said the commission was saddled with the responsibility of developing safety guidelines for the State’s reopening of economic activities post COVID-19 lockdown.

According to him, “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.”

Speaking on construction safety, the DG, said the commission carried out risk assessment and unscheduled safety inspections of construction sites to ensure safety compliance, as well as adherence to COVID-19 protocols to prevent accidents, incidents, illnesses and loss of lives.

He added that the commission issued Provisional Safety Compliance Certificates for 90 days and Safety Compliance Certificates thereafter if compliance status was maintained.

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

He further disclosed that the Commission is developing an Occupational Safety and Health Masterplan for the State.

Mojola added “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 also said that the annual World Safety Day would kick off across the world on April 28 to create awareness, sensitize and educate people on the importance of keeping the workplace safe and free from occupational hazards, accidents, incidents and preventable illnesses.

“The Commission, in keeping with the global trend is partnering with OSH consultants/ practitioners as well as professional bodies to celebrate the day by brainstorming to develop practicable and actionable ideas on how to significantly reduce man=hour losses in the workplace across the State.

“This will increase overall productivity and enhance the wellbeing of Lagosians,” he stated.

On school safety, Mojola said the commission has established Safety Prefects in public and private schools, saying that the inauguration of Safety Ambassadors in the six Education Districts of the State has begun.

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