The Lagos State Government has announced the reopening of cinemas, gyms, and other recreational centres in the state.
According to a monitored media report, the disclosure was made by the Lagos State Government, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, during a press briefing at the Statehouse, Marina on Saturday, September 19, 2020.
The governor said, they are however expected to operate at just 33% of their capacity, which is a third of their capacity, and must comply with all safety measures.
He, however, said that other sectors of the economy such as bars, night clubs, spas, public parks, event centres, and such others are to remain closed until October when the state government will make pronouncement concerning their reopening.
The Governor said, “Henceforth, cinemas and gyms are permitted to reopen as soon as possible, with a maximum of 33% occupancy, which means that there must be a minimum of two empty seats between occupied seats; and in the case of gyms, there must be constant disinfection of machines and equipment throughout the course of the day.’’
Sanwo-Olu said that it has become inevitable for Nigerians to apply caution as some other parts of the world have witnessed a resurgence of the coronavirus disease with a possibility of further lockdowns.
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He warned, “Let me make it clear that if we do not continue to maintain our guard, and sustain the adherence to all required protocols and guidelines, we will find ourselves in a situation where fresh lockdowns are inevitable. The only way to avoid this is to continue to act responsibly: maintain the required levels of hygiene, through regular handwashing and use of sanitizers, wear masks in all public places, avoid non-essential public gatherings, and maintain the prescribed levels of physical distancing at all times”
BREAKING: Lagos to support owners of looted, vandalised stores
Lagos State Government is set to support the owners of stores that were looted this week.
Lagos State Government is set to support the owners of stores that were looted this week when the #EndSARS protests were hijacked by hoodlums.
This was disclosed by the state Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, via his Twitter handle on Friday evening.
He tweeted, “If you are a Lagos based business and your store got looted/vandalized this week, please fill this form by @LSETFhttps://t.co/lwPiXvFzTp. Lets do what we can to support you.”
Lets do what we can to support you. #HealingLagos
— Obafemi Hamzat (@drobafemihamzat) October 23, 2020
Details soon …
Update: Lagos eases curfew; now between 6pm and 8am
The Lagos State Government has relaxed the earlier imposed 24-hour curfew to now be effective from 6 pm to 8 am.
The Lagos State Government has eased the 24-hour curfew which was earlier imposed on Tuesday, October 2020, to now run from 6 pm to 8 am.
This was disclosed by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday, October 23, during a press briefing at State House Marina, after a tour of the state to inspect the level of destruction of public and private infrastructure during the #EndSARS protests that later turned violent.
This means residents can go out between 8 am and 6 pm with effect from tomorrow (Saturday, October 24, 2020).
Sanwo-Olu said, “We have decided that we are going to be easing the curfew from tomorrow (Saturday) morning, and what that easing means is that people will be allowed to go out from 8 am to 6 pm.
“For emphasis, from 8 am tomorrow morning, you will be allowed to go out, to go wherever you wish till 6 pm in the evening,” he said.
The governor said that the state needs to heal from the violence that had engulfed the state these past few days and declared that the healing has started.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, urged residents to the mindful of the barricades on the roads while driving, especially at night.
He disclosed that he had visited the various hospitals where some of the victims of the violence, especially the shooting in Lekki, were receiving treatment.
The governor also hinted that following the destruction of properties as a result of the violence, officials of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) would embark on a thorough cleaning of the state.
He appealed to residents to try as much as possible to stay at home if it was not very important for them to go out.
Governor Sanwo-Olu said, “We have commenced the clean-up of the city because the city needs a whole lot of clean-ups; a whole lot of roadblocks, tires burnt on the roads.
“So, LAWMA (officials), as you have seen, are out already and they will be working all through the night and in the event that they do not finish, I want to admonish and appeal to motorists and our citizens to be careful.”
“If you do not need to go out, please stay at home, and if you must go out, please drive with a lot of caution because there’s still a lot of tires, barricades, and a lot of broken bottles on the roads,” he pleaded.
Ebonyi State Government proscribes ASUU, other unions in the state university
Ebonyi State Government has proscribed ASUU, other unions in the state university.
The Ebonyi State Government on Thursday announced the proscription of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and other labour unions at the Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki.
The only body currently allowed to exist in the university is the Students’ Union Government.
According to a report from Punch, while making the disclosure during a meeting with the leadership of the unions, Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, said this was to ensure that their activities do not have any negative impact on the resumption of activities in the university.
The Ebonyi State Governor said, “The decision was taken in order to ensure that academic and non-academic unions’ activities do not negatively affect the resumption of Ebonyi State University and commencement of academic/ non-academic activities in the state-owned university.”
This decision by the Ebonyi State Government is coming at a time when ASUU has been in dispute with the Federal Government over the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and have been on strike for over 7 months.
Meanwhile, the Ebonyi State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Onyebuchi Chima, revealed that approval had been given for the release of N500m for the payment of staff salaries.
He added that the institution was also granted a loan of N300m for the setting up of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) to help boost its Internally Generated Revenue, while the state’s mushroom and the citrus farms were also donated to the school.
He disclosed that the governor has approved the implementation of school fees by students in order to help cushion the effects of hardship their parents are currently facing.
Chima said, “All teaching and non-teaching staff members are encouraged to resume normal university activities immediately. All teaching and non-teaching staff shall be paid 80 per cent of their monthly outstanding salaries except those who refused to immediately commence work. Accordingly, EBSU management and SUG are encouraged to keep records of staff that resume for work. In order to ameliorate the hardship of parents/students in the payment of school fees, the Visitor of EBSU/Governor of Ebonyi State University, Dr David Nweze Umahi has approved that EBSU University Management should implement ‘staggered school payment’ system.”