The Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako has hinted plans coming from his ministry to begin immediate unwinding process of building construction sites in the state after over a month of restriction order handed down by President mohammadu Buhari on Ogun, Federal Capital Territory and Lagos state as a means of stemming the dreaded pandemic that was said to be in over two hundred countries of the world.
This follows as President Buhari barely a month after, eventually relaxed the lockdown in the those mentioned states but directed those modalities on the unwinding process and regulations are carried out time to time in those states with the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) to coordinate developments from within the federation and Abuja, the federal capital territory.
According to statement signed by Dr Salako, the commissioner for physical planning and urban Development and that which was sighted by urban Express News-online, says the ministry has taken cognizance of the vital contribution of the building construction industry to the economy of the state, including employment generation and overall development.
The statement reads; "It has become expedient that as the lockdown gradually unwinds in the industry sector, the health of the populace is not compromised.
"The importance of providing a guideline on the COVID-19 become necessary to curtail the possibility of continuing the spread of the virus on all building construction sites in the state given further directives of governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide sanwo-olu as part of the gradual and controlled easing of the lockdown".
The statement put further; that all necessary information on the COVID-19 pandemic as released by Lagos state government including the contact details of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Lagos office should be displayed on the building construction sites for the benefits of all workers and visitors to acquaint themselves and comply with safety precautions.
"That all must maintain a register of all workers engaged on the sites which must include their contacts details".
"That all must maintain a daily record of workers engaged for specific activities on-site, conduct temperature screening of all employees and visitors, including suppliers of construction materials entering the building sites, any person with a body temperature of 38'C and above should be referred to the NCDC immediately".
"Monitor of documents and health condition of all workers on sites on a daily basis, with ensuring all building construction sites have first aid facilities while building from four flours and above have a room dedicated as sickbay".
"That an approved copy of designs drawings must be legible and enlarged and conspicuously be displayed within the sites while soft- copy must be made available on demand by a government official".
"Request for stage inspection of a building must be made for the time being by mail as a minimum of three points per 650sqm building construction sites should be provided with either self-dispensing alcohol-based sanitizer, water receptacle with washing liquid for regular hand washing at the entrance, eating areas, toilets after removing hand gloves and after engaging in muti person task".
"There must be regular decontamination of the site, particularly frequently touched surfaces such as water dispenser, door, table surface, equipment panels, steering wheels, handles, handles, with alcoholic based sanitizers".
"All personal on building sites should be provided with dispensable facemask and hand gloves along with other personal protective equipment (PPE) as stipulated for safety on construction sites and these must not be shared except for reusable once which must be sanitized as physical distancing must be observed by all at all times".
"Workers should be regularly briefed on the government guidelines and updates provided by Lagos state ministry of health so as to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 whether on or off-sites".