The Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Lanre Mojola has charged residents to obtain safety clearance from the commission before holding events with 500 or more guests.
He disclosed this on Monday, December 23 during an interview with a radio station, Cool FM.
Mojola reiterated the importance of safety measures at events to guard against loss of lives, adding that safety clearance must be obtained for events exceeding 500 people.
“A safety clearance must be obtained before an event of over 500 people is held.
“Once informed, LSC will carry out risk assessments to ensure that the venue is safe for the public. Our mandate is to ensure that everyone goes back home safely after every event in Lagos State,” he said.
He added that the commission would shut down any event that poses danger to safety of lives.
“The Commission will not hesitate to shut down an event if an infraction that can pose an imminent danger to the safety of lives is identified,” he noted.
Recall that a concert tagged #NativeLand19 had caused a stir when a stage collapsed, injuring many persons at the Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island on December 19.
The commission had in a December 20 statement condemned the organisers of the concert for allegedly failing to adopt health and safety measures.
The commission said, “Firstly, the Commission expresses sympathy with everyone who was injured, lost properties and had their enjoyment disrupted at the NativeLand19
“The Commission has commenced a full investigation and we will be reaching out to all parties involved.
“Secondly, the Commission wishes to notify the public that organisers of the event did not notify the Commission of the event, neither did they put in place adequate safety measures and no Safety Compliance Certificate was obtained from the Commission.
“We would like to reiterate zero tolerance for event organisers, show promoters and venue owners who disregard health and safety measures at the detriment of the general public. In line with the Lagos State Safety Commission Act, all events must be brought to the attention of the commission before the date of the event and events without Saftey Compliance certificates will be shut down.
“Kindly report all safety infractions noticed to the Lagos State Safety Commission at Block 18b 2nd & 3rd Floor Secretariat, Alausa.”