Mr Valentine Buraimoh, Chairman, Amuwo Odofin Local Government in Lagos State, has urged residents and business owners in the area to comply with the COVID-19 guidelines or face prosecution.
The council chairman told journalists on Wednesday in Festac Town that it had become imperative for the council to take stricter measures against defaulters of the COVID-19 protocols.
Buraimoh spoke at a media briefing tagged, ”COVID-19 Protocols for Business Owners and Market Hubs in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area”, aimed at reducing spread of the virus in the community.
He said that the stricter measures became necessary because the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had listed Amuwo-Odofin among the 18 local government areas with a surge in confirmed cases of the virus.
The council boss said that there would be compulsory Post COVID-19 training for business owners in the area between July 14 and July 17.
He said the training, which was to educate the operators on basic safety protocols in mitigating spread of COVID-19, would be a condition to run any business in the area.
The council boss said a committee had been set up to ensure that people in area adhere to the guidelines to curb the spread of the pandemic.
“The committee is set up with the responsibility to initiate and implement plans in mitigating the effect and spread of COVID-19 in the area, with special focus on businesses and market hubs.
“It also engage safety experts in educating stakeholders, particularly business owners, on the basic protocols required in workplaces and market hubs,” he said.
The chairman further said the council was working with the police to ensure that stricter measures were taken against defaulters.
Buraimoh said all markets and businesses in the area must have tap water, soap and hand sanitisers at their entrances and ensure that everyone, including staff, wore face masks.
He added that there would be stricter monitoring of transporters and commuters, particularly on the number of passengers that board their vehicles.
“We’ve done awareness campaigns since the inception of COVID-19. We’ve moved round the market places, businesses and announced to them to take the guidelines seriously.
“No one should claim ignorance because even in the court, it’s not an excuse; there has been enough publicity on the spread of the virus.
“Any business found lagging behind or not complying will be sealed and reported to the state government as one of those not helping matters in our community.
“Anyone, individual or businesses not following guidelines will be arrested, action will be taken; the era of calling the chairman or any government official to bail you will not be entertained,” he warned.
Buraimoh appealed to residents and business owners to follow guidelines and preventive measures against the spread of the virus.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
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