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Entertainment of Monday, 22 November 2021


Lagos suspends annual fiesta over coronavirus fourth wave fears

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

The Lagos State government has suspended its annual end-of year event, 'Greater Lagos Fiesta', due to fears of a fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the state government, it was necessary to adhere to information from the from health authorities to suspend all activities.

In a statement released by the state’s Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, she noted that, due to the large number of people expected to attend the month-long activity as well as diasporians from pandemic engulfed countries.

“We have seen Germany, Austria and Greece reintroduce restrictions to curtail the spread of the pandemic. Germany is particularly a country in Europe with many Nigerians, who typically return home for the Christmas holidays. This is what science enables us to predict to forestall the tragic experience of last December when scores of our citizens died during the Yuletide. Our emotions favour going ahead with the plans but we must, as a responsible government, submit our will to the predictive intelligence and overriding power of science.

“The strategic intent of the state government in wanting to hold the fiesta was to accelerate the process of reflating the economy of Lagos State by putting money in the hands of our people through the deluge of commercial activities planned to take place during the fiesta. But the imperatives of protecting the lives of our people clearly override all economic and commercial considerations.”

She expressed gratitude to sponsors of the event, adding that “We will not forget your rare demonstration of goodwill towards the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and, indeed, the people of Lagos State at a challenging time when businesses are battling with limited resources. You will remain our partners for this and similar initiatives that are in the works.”

Akinbile-Yussuf called on event organisers and event centres owners in the state with plans to host events in December to make enquiries from the Lagos State Safety Commission, and the Ministry of Health on the safety protocols due to the covid-19 pandemic.