The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Governor. Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu has outlined the state’s plans in the next few weeks as business is set to open fully in Lagos.
Mr. Governor has been battling with the coronavirus for months as the state remains the pandemic centre the most populous African country. Nigeria has recorded over seven thousand cases of the virus and a larger chunk of these is found in Lagos.
As punchy as the virus is on the Lagoon State, the government has been able to contain the spread to the bearest minimal considering the peculiarities of Lagosians and the difficulty in managing people of Lagos.
Mr. Governor before now had put in place rules for the relaxed lockdown and many have refused to obey the 12 commandments of Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu.
The incident commander rolled out plans, guidelines and the state’s move to ensure business and economy that has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic bounced back to life.
He reads, “as the commercial centre of the country, we are offering incentives to businesses that employ a 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.
This and more are some of the things I spoke about earlier today as a panellist in a webinar discussion organised by FSDH where I gave a frontline account of how Lagos has worked to combat the #COVID19 pandemic and how we are now working to open up the economy.
We are caught between managing hunger and sustaining an economy that is not only dependent on commercial activities in Lagos alone but also in other states.
We are at the stage where we have to balance public health safety and the economy that affects the wellbeing of the people.
We are having conversations with different sectors on the requirements they need to ensure they do not retrench their staff. What many of the companies want will affect the State’s IGR but we are willing to make the sacrifice to prevent the loss of livelihood of our citizens.
The re-opening will not be hastily done. The various sectors will be reset in a gradual manner. The construction and manufacturing sector will be accorded high priority while the entertainment and hospitality sectors will be considered in the second phase.
We are trying to balance the reactivation of the state’s economic activities and our response in containing #COVID19.
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.