With over N2.3 trillion gross domestic product loss in Lagos state, the impact of COVID-19 has drastically affected the income of the people and government of the province.
The Lagos State government is, however, considering reopening the critical sectors of its economy fully.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who revealed this on Sunday, however, stated that the move would not be pushed in a hurry.
He spoke to reporters at the end of the State’s Security Council meeting which held at the State House in Marina, Lagos.
The governor disclosed that the government would launch an initiative soon, as part of the plans to enable it to assess the level of readiness of the players in the identified sectors for supervised operations.
He explained that officials from the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) and the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) would be visiting restaurants, companies, and religious houses among others to assess their level of readiness.
Governor Sanwo-Olu admitted that with the size of the state’s economy and the number of businesses that operate in its domain, the government could not afford to keep people and businesses on lockdown permanently.
He said, “We are at a level where we are reviewing the other arms of the economy.”
“In the coming days, we will be starting what we call Register-to-Open, which means all players in the restaurant business, event centres, entertainment, malls, and cinemas will go through a form of re-registration and space management.
“There is a regulation that will be introduced to supervise this move. We will be coming to their facilities to assess their level of readiness for a future opening,” he added.