The Lagos State government has insisted that hotel industry players and entertainment venue owners abide by its policy and pre-register for any event with more than 250 expected guests.
This point was made by the Director General of the Lagos State Security Commission (LSSC), Mr. Lanre Mojola, at a stakeholder meeting recently held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, which was co-chaired by him and the General Manager of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Dr. Dolapo Fasawe.
Mojola explained that pre-registration has become necessary for safe operations over the Christmas period and beyond to avoid avoidable accidents and chaotic situations.
Business owners must consider the safety of people.
The LSSC chief said the meeting was organized by the 2 agencies to sensitize business owners planning to host or organize events, particularly over the Christmas period, to consider the environment and people’s safety when obtaining the necessary permits. of the State Government.
- He said, “The meeting became necessary considering the rate of reports of safety and contamination violations received by the agencies in recent times, which according to him, must be duly addressed.
Mandatory security protocols
He listed the mandatory security checks required for smooth events including;
- Fire Safety Prevention Measures
- Deployment of Certified Health
- Safety and Environment (HSE) staff
- Professional handling of chemicals and other hazardous materials.
- The use of Personal Protective Equipment in service (PPE)
- Overcrowding and provision of multiple exits
- Adequate security, installation of informative signage to guide visitors and
- Hiring licensed food handlers to prevent food poisoning, among others.
- Mojola reaffirmed, “We have Mr. Governor’s approval to ensure that any event larger than 250 crowds register with us, while crowds larger than 500 must not only register but have our trained security marshals and representatives from other agencies on the ground relevant sisters to monitor, coordinate and prevent unseen situations. Getting approval for a noise permit is sacred to the issuance of our safety certificate.”
Respect the rights of others
Speaking on the occasion, LASEPA General Manager Dr. Dolapo Fasawe urged the people of Lagos to comply with all environmental laws that guide the conduct of all residents of the State.
- Fasawe said: “We can have fun quietly and be good neighbors and respect the right of others to a peaceful environment, particularly within our communities. To the extent that we cannot isolate the metropolitan city from social activities, hence the need to regulate our activities for a peaceful coexistence and a harmonious labor relationship.
- “The Government is no stranger to the peculiarity of this season for its sector and that is why we are taking this step to ensure that it is a win-win situation.”
He also expressed his satisfaction with some of the operators who have given in to the agency’s advice to control and manage the sound of their facilities, urging others to emulate them and become more involved in activities within their host community.