Lagos Reduces N1.168trn 2020 Budget By 21%

A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

The Lagos State government has commenced a downward review of the year 2020 budget as a result of the negative economic and social effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget in Lagos, Sam Egube, disclosed this on Thursday, noting that the review was approved by the State Executive Council.

He explained that the process aimed to reduce the N1.168 trillion budget approved by the Lagos State House of Assembly to N920.5 billion.

Egube said the initial budget figure contained a capital expenditure of N711 billion and N457 billion recurrent budget, showing a strong preference of 60 per cent ratio for capital projects.

He revealed that the first quarter of 2020 recorded a budget performance of 56 per cent (N163.28 billion), which was in absolute terms higher than the 68 per cent (N148.38 billion) recorded for the same period in 2019.

The commissioner pointed out the negative effect of the fall in crude oil prices on statutory allocation expectations, the downward pressure on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), devaluation of the naira, reduced public and private investment and increased inflation rate as reasons for the overhaul of the projected figures of the 2020 budget.

He listed other factors to include the decline in demand for goods and services, as well as a reduction in manufacturing activities which he said indicated lower GDP growth and increased unemployment.

Egube explained that Lagos has adopted a holistic approach to the shocks induced by COVID-19, adding that the strategies included the maintenance of a strong pandemic response, restarting the economy, and reimagining the way the state has been operating.

According to him, the strong pandemic response will enable the state government to engender food security and safety net mechanisms, in addition to economic stimulus.

“To restart the economy, we are going to optimise the state’s budget for investments in jobs and priority sectors through job creation, economic stabilisation, and fiscal consolidation,” Egube said.

He added, “In reimagining the state economy, we will prepare the state to operate and thrive within the new reality with digitisation, business environment reforms, improved economy and diversification of revenue sources.”

The commissioner disclosed that the revised budget has a reduction of the total budget size by 21 per cent from N1,168.562 billion to N920.469 billion, with the financing deficit increasing slightly by 11 per cent from N97.533 billion to N108.005 billion.

The recurrent expenditure (debt and non-debt) in the revised budget, according to him, will decline by 10 per cent from N457.529 billion to N411.608 billion and 28 per cent reduction has been proposed for total capital expenditure from N711.033 billion to N508.861 billion.

“The revised total revenue represents a drop of 24 per cent in the previous projections from N1,107.029 billion to N812.46 billion,” Egube said.

Sanwo-Olu Gives New Guidelines As Lagos Enters Next Phase Of Lockdown Ease

 

As Lagos state begins the second phase of the gradual easing of the lockdown, the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has given out new guidelines that would hasten and guarantee the safety of residents and contain the spread of the virus.

Governor Sanwo-Olu says a register will be opened to ensure inspection of businesses and compliance with physical distancing rules before the lockdown can be lifted totally.

He also called for special considerations for the elderly while he explained that he’s been holding series of meetings with leaders of religious organisations in the state on the best ways to ensure the safety of everyone ahead of the total lifting of the lockdown.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

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Below is the governor’s full speech.

Lagos considers full re-opening of economy, embarks on assessment of readiness of businesses
•LASEPA, Safety Commission to re-register, assess businesses before re-opening
•‘Infected Govt House staffers have recovered’ – Governor
Lagos State is considering full re-opening of the critical sectors of its economy, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, revealed on Sunday. But, the move will not be pushed in a hurry.
In the coming days, Sanwo-Olu said the State Government would be rolling out Register-to-Open initiative as part of the plans that would enable it assess the level of readiness of the players in the identified sectors for supervised operations.
The Governor spoke at a briefing after the State’s Security Council meeting held at the State House in Marina.
Sanwo-Olu said officials from the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) and Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) will be visiting restaurants, companies, religious houses to assess their level of readiness.
With the size of the State’s economy and numbers of businesses that operate in its domain, the Governor said the Government could not afford to keep people and businesses on lockdown permanently.
He said: “We are at a level where we are reviewing the other arms of the economy. In the coming days, we will be starting what we call Register-to-Open, which means all players in the restaurant business, event centres, entertaiment, malls and cinemas will go through a form of re-registration and space management.
“There is a regulation that will be introduced to supervise this move. We will be coming to their facilities to assess their level of readiness for a future opening. I don’t know when that opening will happen in the weeks ahead, but we want these businesses to begin to tune themselves to the reality of COVID-19 with respect to how their work spaces need to look like.
“For us, it is not to say they should re-open fully tomorrow or any time; there has be a process guiding the re-opening. We will be mandating LASEPA and Safety Commission to begin the enumeration process and the agencies will be communicating with all relevant businesses and houses in the days ahead. I must, however, caution that this should not be misinterpreted as a licence for full opening; it is certainly not. The State’s economy is not ready for that now.”
Sanwo-Olu said the Government agencies also would be visiting places of worship to evaluate their level of preparedness ahead of full reopening. He stressed that social distancing and hygiene would be fully considered in determining whether mosques and churches can re-open in the future.
“We are reviewing and considering how the phased unlocking will happen. If we see huge level of compliance, then it can happen in the next two to three weeks. If not, it could take a month or two months. It is until we are sure all of these players are ready to conform to our guidelines,” the Governor asserted.
Sanwo-Olu urged businesses, religious houses and residents to maintain the status quo while the State works out modalities for full re-opening.
The Governor disclosed that all the 10 staff of the Government House who tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) had fully recovered and returned to their beats. He said the disclosure was necessary to further promote transparency in the reporting and management of coronavirus cases by the State Government.
Sanwo-Olu enjoined banks and markets to strictly enforce orderliness in their premises. He directed that elderly people must be given the priority to transact their businesses in bank and markets between 9am and 10:30am, after which other younger customers should be allowed to transact.
Lagos residents, the Governor charged, must not take the easing of lockdown for granted, saying everyone residing in the State must collectively take responsibility for public health safety.
He reiterated that the use of face mask in public places is compulsory, while disclosing that the State had distributed a million free face mask to residents in the last two weeks. Thousands more will be distributed in the course of the week, the Governor said.
Sanwo-Olu said those walking in public places without face mask are risking their lives, urging residents to fully comply with public health guidelines.
The Governor, however, frowned at laxity observed in the enforcement of ban on inter-state movements. He also said commercial buses still lag in complying with spacing of passengers and 60 per cent load capacity.
Sanwo-Olu said: “We are not happy with the level of compliance by yellow buses despite assurance from their union. We do not want to use force to drive compliance; we want it to be self-compliant. We have also not seen the level of compliance we wanted for inter-state travels. We are seeking collaboration with Ogun State government and the police to ensure obedience to the directive on this.”
The Governor said the State’s whistleblowing policy had yielded encouraging feedbacks, adding that incidents reported by whistleblowers had helped the Government to further drive compliance in business places.

Sanwo-Olu Swears In Eight Judges

A cross section of the eight judges sworn in by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on May 12, 2020.
A cross-section of the eight judges sworn in by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on May 12, 2020.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday said he swore in eight new judges to strengthen the state’s High Court.

The Judges had been confirmed by the National Judicial Council.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, in a tweet via his official handle, said the eight judges will help to “deepen the dispensation of justice in our state.”

 

According to the Governor, the Judges include: Hon. Justice Dorcas Taiwo Olatokun, Hon. Justice Yhaqub Gbadebo Oshoala, Hon. Justice Omotola Ibironke Oguntade, Hon. Justice Olufunke Sule-Amzat, Hon. Justice Dr. Rasul Oriyomi Olukolu.

Others are: Hon. Justice Sharafa Abioye Olaitan, Hon. Justice Ezekiel Oluwole Ashade and Hon. Justice Adeniyi Funsho Pokanu.

“It is my fervent hope that our new Judges will work to make our Judiciary remain a true beacon of hope for the common man,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Yellow Buses Have Failed To Comply With Capacity Restrictions, Says Sanwo-Olu

A file photo of buses in Lagos.

 

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has decried the failure of some residents to comply with the guidelines put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

Giving an update on the disease on Saturday, Governor Sanwo-Olu decried that the situation was poor in the commercial transport sector.

“In terms of the non-compliance, the list is regrettably much longer. On the first day of this new phase of an eased lockdown, the compliance level for commercial transport sector operations was regrettably very low,” he stated.

The governor added, “Yellow buses especially, failed to comply with the capacity restrictions outlined in our framework. While compliance has improved in subsequent days, it is still not encouraging.”

According to him, many commercial motorcycle operators have openly and indiscriminately defied the suspension.

 

A Child’s Play

Governor Sanwo-Olu was displeased with the compliance with the ban on inter-state travel, saying that was also consistently flouted.

He said, “In many cases, people decided to make the final leg of the journey into the State on foot, to beat the restrictions.

“Trucks and other vehicles carrying items designated as essential, have also played major roles in flouting the guidelines, by conspiring to conceal and smuggle people in and out of the state.”

The governor was worried about the reports on mask usage in public places, noting that they have also not been encouraging.

He stressed that for people to go out of their homes without masks or face coverings of any kind was unacceptable.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, therefore, informed that residents that the success of the gradual easing of the lockdown was dependent upon the compliance of the people.

He explained that the government has a duty to uphold the security of the state and warned that they would not hesitate to review the terms of easing the lockdown if the rules were consistently flouted.

“Let the numbers we have seen this week stand as a warning to all of you the good people of Lagos State.

“What we are seeing is child’s play compared to what we could be seeing if we continue to be irresponsible,” the governor warned.

Lagos Discharges 42 More COVID-19 Patients

A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

The Lagos state government says it has discharged an additional 42 coronavirus patients from its isolation facilities after they tested negative twice for the virus.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu made the announcement on Friday, according to a tweet by his spokesman, Gboyega Akosile.

This brings the number of COVID-19 cases successfully managed in the state to 448.

As of Thursday evening, Lagos had recorded 1,491 COVID-19 cases, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

 

Of the 42, 22 are male and 20 females.

All newly discharged patients are Nigerians.

According to the Governor, 32 of the patients were discharged from Eti-Osa (Landmark) isolation centre, eight from Lekki and two from Onikan.

 

Lagos Discharges 37 More COVID-19 Patients

 

A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

Lagos state has discharged 37 more COVID-19 patients from its isolation centres.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced this in a tweet by his spokesman, Gboyega Akosile on Wednesday.

 

The patients were discharged from the Yaba, Onikan and Eti-Osa (LandMark) isolation centres.

Of the 37, 19 are females, while the remaining 18 are males.

One of the discharged patients is an Indian national.

This brings the number of COVID-19 patients discharged from Lagos treatment facilities to 358.

“What this indicates is that while our numbers of confirmed cases are rising, we are also maintaining a significant discharge rate of our active cases, which shows that our medical interventions and management of the cases are working,” Sanwo-Olu said.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Lagos has recorded 1,226 COVID-19 cases, as of Tuesday.

Lagos Discharges 60 More COVID-19 Patients

A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

The Lagos state government says it has discharged another 60 COVID-19 patients.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu made the announcement in a tweet on Tuesday.

 

Of the 60, 31 were discharged from the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, 19 from the Ibeju-Lekki Isolation Centre and 10 from Eti-Osa Isolation centre.

The latest discharges raise the total number of cases successfully managed in the state to 321.

As of Monday evening, Lagos had recorded 1,183 COVID-19 infections, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

On Monday, the federal government eased weeks of lockdown imposed on the state to limit the virus spread.

Sanwo-Olu, in his announcement, reiterated that it was important to continue to obey social distancing directives, despite the lockdown’s relaxation.

“EasingTheLockdown is not a reason for us to rush out and eschew all safety guidelines,” he said. “We must all play our part and take responsibility.”

Lagos Discharges 22 Recovered COVID-19 Patients

A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

The Lagos state government says it has discharged 22 more COVID-19 patients from its facilities after they tested negative for the virus.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the news on Saturday, his chief spokesman, Gboyega Akosile, said in a tweet.

 

The 22 persons include eight females and 14 males, all of who are Nigerians.

They were discharged from isolation facilities at Yaba, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and Lekki.

“The patients, 19 from Lagos University teaching Hospital, two from the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba and one from our Isolation facility at Lekki were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative to COVID-19 in two consecutive readings,” the Governor said.

Sanwo-Olu implored Lagos residents to continue to comply with health measures such as the use of face-masks, social distancing and regular hand-washing.

Lagos State Discharges 12 COVID-19 Patients

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos State on Thursday said it had discharged an additional 12 COVID-19 patients from its isolation centres.

The latest discharge brings the total number of recoveries from the virus in the state to 199.

The 12 recoveries include nine males and three females and one of them is Ukrainian, a Lagos state spokesman, Gboyega Akosile, tweeted.

 

Six of the patients were released from the Infectious Disease Hospital, five from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and one from Ibjeju-Lekki, Mr. Akosile’s tweet said.

Lagos, which has recorded a national-high 931 virus cases as on Wednesday evening, is the country’s epicentre for the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control

 

Lagos To Organise Mass Burials If Mortuaries Not Decongested Within Two Weeks

 

The Lagos state government says it will be forced to “have a mass burial” if mortuaries across the state are not decongested within two weeks.

Speaking during a COVID-19 briefing on Saturday, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu noted the mortuary overload was not as a result of COVID-19 deaths.

Less than 20 deaths have been recorded in the state, according to the government.

However, for about two months, there have been no funerals in Lagos due to the Lent period and COVID-19 restrictions, the Governor explained.

“If we’re unable to see a decongestion of mortuaries across the state within the next two weeks, Lagos state government will now be compelled to seek to have a mass burial and we would not want to force this on anybody, which is why we are asking for the cooperation of all of us,” Sanwo-Olu said.

“This is not the time when you need to wait for your brother or your sister or your sibling, who is 10,000km or 6,000km away from here for them to come back before you can have the funeral.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu stands behind the lectern at a COVID-19 briefing on April 25, 2020. Photo Credit: LASG
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu stands behind the lectern at a COVID-19 briefing on April 25, 2020. Photo Credit: LASG

 

“These are very difficult times and I can imagine that families and relatives and siblings will understand that we need to have this and we need to put this behind us.

“So, we are reiterating it again that we’ll give two weeks window and we’ll expect a lot of people to comply after which the state government might have to take other decisions in that manner.”

The Governor noted that burials must be done according to social distancing guidelines.

“The total number of persons at the funeral, including officiating religious leaders, must not exceed 20,” he said.

“Appropriate physical distancing must be maintained at the funeral ceremony, all attendees/mourners must use masks and ensure they wash their hands after the ceremony.

“There also must be NO receptions or parties to accompany these funerals.”

 

We Are Encouraged, Sanwo-Olu Says As Lagos Discharges 10 More COVID-19 Patients

A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Lagos state government has discharged another 10 COVID-19 patients, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said on Friday.

In a tweet via his verified handle, Sanwo-Olu said the patients include three females and seven males.

Three of the 10 are foreigners.

The number of COVID-19 cases have been rising in recent days as testing has increased, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

 

On Thursday, the state recorded 78 new cases, bringing its total number to 582.

However, the number of discharged cases in the state have now risen to 117.

“Even with the number of cases rising, we are happy to celebrate our success stories because they show that a positive #COVID19 case isn’t necessarily a case of doom and gloom,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He added that “we are encouraged by these discharged cases and the support we have received from the citizens of the state in the battle against #COVID19 but I urge us all not to relent because it is imperative that we win.

“Remember to practice great personal hygiene and join our #MaskUpLagos campaign by using a facemask whenever you are in public. Social distancing is still very key in stopping the spread and we must #StayHomeStaySafe to #SaveLives.”

COVID -19: Four Persons Discharged In Lagos

A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Photo: [email protected]

 

Four coronavirus patients – three males and one female – have been discharged from Lagos State isolation facilities, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said on Saturday.

Speaking via his official Twitter handle, the governor said two of the patients were from the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba while the other two were from the Onikan Isolation Centre.

 

Governor Sanwo-Olu said the patients had recovered and tested negative twice consecutively to COVID -19.

“This brings the number of patients successfully managed and discharged from our isolation facilities to 94,” he added.

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Earlier, the state Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, confirmed the death of three persons infected with novel coronavirus in the state.

According to Prof. Abayomi, the deceased were two males and one female aged 52, 63 and 67.