Social Media users have praised the decision of the Lagos State Government to shut two facilities in Badagry-West Local Council Development Area of Lagos State for contravening new guidelines issued by the government to operators of hotels, clubs and other entertainment outfits in the State.
Most commentators reacting to the news of the demolition are in support of the Lagos State Government’s action describing it as civil in contrast to recent news of the demolition of hotels by the Rivers State Governor for contravening the Covid-19 lockdown in the state.
“This is what Wike should have done rather than demolishing people’s property. Let them remain locked for as long as possible. Even after this thing has gone, let them remain shut so as to teach them to obey authority” Michael Onah, a social media user said.
Another social media user, Ikechukwu Nwankwo said “I prefer this to the demolition method. Punishment should come with human face”.
The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Solomon Bonu, had stated that the facilities (Maggi Hotel, and Tambari Theatre Art Night Club) both in Seme-Badagry, were shut, this Saturday, for violating and contravening the order of the State government on new operational guidelines suspending the reopening of hotels and clubs except for some hotels taken over by the government and used as COVID-19 isolation centres.
He said, “Apart from the fact that these facilities open for normal operations in defiance to the government’s directive, it was also discovered that there is a high level of immorality going on in these places. The Night Club has become home for strippers, drug barons and all sorts of mischief”.
Bonu disclosed further that legal action will be instituted against the owners of the hotel and night club to ensure appropriate sanctions are meted out.
“We’ll bring the full weight of the law on these erring operators and ensure that they show total compliance level before they can regain access to these facilities. This, the government believes, will send a signal to others who are still operating illegally in different parts of the State”, he said.
The Special Adviser said the state will continue to monitor compliance to the directive of the state government while imploring residents to assist the government by reporting defiants through the special whistle blower mobile numbers provided by the state government.