By Robert Egbe
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LASG commences decontamination of state secretariat and agencies over second wave
As part of the state’s response to the second wave of coronavirus, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has directed civil servants on Level 14 and below to work from home till February 1, 2021.
This was contained in a statement signed at the weekend by the Head of Service in the state, Hakeem Muri-Okunola.
The statement however explained that the new directive excludes staff on essential duty and first responders.
“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved a further extension of the work-from-home order to all State Public Servants on Grade Levels 14 and below from Monday, January 18 2021, to Monday, February 1 2021, to curtail the spread of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement said.
Also, Lagos prosecutors have asked presiding magistrates to ensure that anyone apprehended for breaching COVID-19 Regulations is made to undergo a mandatory test.
At least, no fewer than 566 persons have been arrested and 502 convicted for breaching COVID-19 Regulations in Lagos since the advent of the pandemic’s second wave.
The Nation learnt that 32 clubs and event centres have also been shut by the Lagos State Safety Commission, including the Event Hall of Eko Club, which was closed down last Tuesday.
These and more were the contents of a January 14 letter from the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, seen by The Nation yesterday.
In it, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), addressed the concerns of a lawyer and member of the Body of Benchers, Mr. Kunle Uthman, over the pandemic’s second wave in Lagos.
Uthman, in a January 13 letter to the AG, accused the Lagos State Government of inadvertently aiding the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that things were “business as usual” in the state.
He alleged that the state was failing to enforce safety protocols, and that government officials were complicit in flouting COVID-19 preventive protocols.
Uthman referenced a “funeral outing party… held with grandiose fanfare without social distancing and failure to enforce the wearing of face masks,” at a “prestigious” club hall in Surulere with capacity in excess of 2,500 persons.
“As it is, day-by-day, these large parties are being organised and attended by even highly placed LASG officials,” he added.
But in its response, the government described some of Uthman’s conclusions as “misconceptions and inaccuracies which need clarification.”
It argued that the lawyer’s claims that there isn’t any decipherable commitment by the state government,” is to blatantly overlook the numerous initiatives and steps taken by the state government to protect lives and property.”