By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
From next week, all primary and secondary schools in Lagos State that have more than two-storey buildings will be subjected to integrity test to ensure the safety of pupils.
Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the above order on Saturday, 19th September 2020 at a Press briefing which was reported on the government’s twitter platform.
He spoke against the backdrop of the last Saturday’s collapse of Excel Secondary School – a private school – in Ejigbo area of the State.
The school, Sanwo-Olu observed, flouted the State’s structural regulations, resulting in its collapse.
He directed the complete demolition of the fallen structure, and directed the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to embark on integrity test the buildings of every school in the state.
Sanwo-Olu also granted permission for the immediate reopening of cinemas and gyms, but with a maximum of 33 per cent occupancy.
He stressed that there must be a minimum of two empty seats between occupied seats in the cinemas.
In the case of gyms, the governor said there must be constant disinfection of machines and equipment throughout the day.
He said the State government would be taking definite decisions on the reopening of night-clubs, bars, event centers, spas, public parks next month, warning that dire consequences awaited those in this category that may want to flout the restrictive order.
During the briefing, Sanwo-Olu further eased the restrictions on houses of worships, permitting observation of daily prayers in mosques and granting mid-week services in churches, the government’s information department reported.
He said: “As regards our places of worship, we are now also permitting the mosques to resume their five times a day prayers; and in the case of churches, they are now also permitted to resume their mid-week services.
“We must not forget that the Coronavirus pandemic is still very much with us, and we must therefore strive to prioritise the safety of all our children, teachers, parents, and the entire society.”
Since resumption of international flights, Sanwo-Olu said the State Government had worked closely with the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) and the Port Health Authority to monitor all flights arriving and departing the State.
He said Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos recorded a total of 50 flights since September 5, carrying a total of 8,000 passengers.
“Despite this inbound volume of passengers, the number of COVID-19 positive still remains on the downward trend at under five per cent,” he said.