Covid 19 known as Corona Virus has brought the closure of economic activities globally and Nigeria is included here. Here in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria has seen schools and other academic facilities closed since March 2020. Having seen the state recover from the pandemic and gradually coming out,the state Governor,Babajide Sanwo Olu decided to ease up the economy and open it up eventually this September. To the respite of parents , guardians and students ,the governor announced recently of the resumption of academic activities starting from 14th – 21st September.
Speaking through his verified social media handle,he said “Following the progress we have made in the management of #COVID19 and in line with our desire to gradually open the economy and critical sectors, today I announced that tertiary institutions will re-open from September 14th 2020. “
Speaking also about the nite clubs and social centres he said “In the same vein, social clubs and recreational centres with trustees are allowed to open as long as they meet all the protocols for reopening while restaurants are now permitted to have in-dining in line with all safety rules and guidelines.”
“We remain sympathetic to the plight of business owners, especially those operating in the hospitality and tourism sector. We are reviewing permissible opening dates and we assure you that concrete decisions will be taken before the end of September”,he added.
The governnor also made it known that the state is engaging experts in the various fields of life on the newest way to move the state forward in a post covid economic narrative. He said “We will continue to responsibly manage our response and be guided by experts’ advice as we work to return all socio-economic activities.”
“We will constantly keep you informed on the decisions we take in response to the pandemic and we ask for your understanding and patience” he quipped.
Babajide pleaded for patience and sacrifice this challanging times . In his word he said “These are challenging times for all of us and it requires extra levels of patience, sacrifice and understanding.”
He reiterated that the pandemic isn’t yet over and that citizens must ensure that they follow the rules “The gradual easing doesn’t mean the pandemic is over. It is not an invitation to carelessness or nonchalance.The goal is to stay healthy and remain safe,” he added.
Anthony Emeka Nwosu