Lagos State Seals eight Event Facilities for Safety Violations

By Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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The Lagos State Government has sealed 8 nightclubs and event centres within Ikeja and Victoria Island areas of the State.

The Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola said the move comes in the interest of public safety.

Mojola stated that the Commission is doing this to achieve zero accidents in workplaces and public facilities and to further its mandate in ensuring the safety of lives and properties.

Mr. Mojola at recent meeting with night club operators and event centre owners had issued warnings to them and vowed to shut clubs allowing use of drugs and firearms.

He decried the presence of underage persons in many nightclubs in the state, saying that it is against the law to allow the presence of minors at nightclubs.

According to him, “The Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration has zero tolerance for violation of safety laws and will continually monitor such facilities to ensure compliance with laid down safety laws.

“Most of the Clubs frontages have turned into drug sales outlets and we have mandated the use of proper signages to convey the message of no drugs, no firearms and no underage to club goers, but none of them have subscribed to this.”

He however admonished nightclub owners and event centre operators to respect the laws of the state as the “government would not hesitate to wield the big stick on those flagrantly violating and disregarding the laws of the state.”

He said “All recreational and event centres in the state who are yet to register with Safety Commission must do so and obtain the safety compliance certificate, as event centres owners are also encouraged to obtain an event safety permit through the website www. lasgsafetyreg.com, in addition, they should provide the fire extinguishers, proper hygiene, housekeeping, use of safety signages at designated areas whilst ensuring adequate parking spaces are provided to curtail traffic gridlock and other safety infractions that can endanger lives and cause inconveniences to the members of the public.”

Some of the facilities that were in contravention include Hot Box Night Club, Shades Night Club, Buzzbar, CCX Lounge and some event centres.

Mojola reiterated that enforcement exercises will continue to take place across the state as the Commission will continue to do its best in discharging her duties, especially in ensuring public safety and a safer Lagos for all.