LASG cautions residents on payment for social centres registration

Lagos Safety Commission (LSSC) on Friday said that issuance of safety compliance certificate is at a zero cost for social event centres, urging residents to report anyone who demands money using whistleblower emergency numbers already provided by the state government.

Director-General of LSSC, Mr Lanre Mojola made the disclosure while speaking at a press conference at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, following the state governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s partial opening of the economy.

“Through the whistleblower online emergency nos, the public should report anyone that demands money on registration,” he said.

It would be recalled that Governor Sanwo-Olu had on Thursday granted partial relaxation of the prohibition placed on religious gatherings.

According to the new directives, from June 19; Muslims are expected to go for Jummat service only, while Christians
worshippers are allowed to open churches only for Sunday services as from June 21.

However, all the permitted religious activities must be conducted within the ambit of a set of new protocols for organised gathering rolled out by an inter-ministerial committee set up by Governor Sanwo-Olu and chaired by Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations.

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These developments were announced at the Governor’s 13th briefing held at the State House in Marina.

Under the new guidelines, cinemas, cafès, restaurants, gyms, parks and nightclubs, social clubs are still not permitted to re-open. They are mandated to register with Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) under the Register-to-Open Initiative via registration portal, www.lasgsafetyreg.com, where they will obtain safety clearance before their opening date will be announced.

Houses of worship are, however, exempted from LSSC registration and clearance, but their activities will be duly monitored by the Safety agency.

The governor emphasised that the pronouncement should not be taken as permission for full reopening of places of worship, saying their activities must be limited to obligatory worships only.

According to him, daily vigils and other extra-religious activities remained prohibited.

In line with this set of rules, Mojola disclosed that over a thousand applications had been received by the commission, saying verification would be conducted either virtually or physically without any fee paid.

“Over a thousand applications have been received by the commission. Verification will be conducted either virtually or physically.

“It is absolutely at a zero cost. No one should pay money to anyone. This cost has been taken care 100 per cent by the state government,” he said.

While charging the public to be safety conscious, the DG said it was a collective responsibility by everyone to comply, adding that the Safety Commission would be working with LASEPA to enforce compliance.

“It’s a collective responsibility by everyone to comply. The Safety Commission will be working with LASEPA to enforce compliance,” Mojola said.

Responding to a question why markets were open while religious centres remained close, the LSSC boss pointed out that the Coronavirus spreads more within enclosed facilities, saying that markets were open places and “the likelihood of its spread in the market is low.”

 

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