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Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has said Lagosians can still have fun moderately without breaching safety protocols of the contagious COVID-19.
The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf made this assertion over the weekend during the maiden edition of the Digital Lagos Party hosted by the Ministry across the social media for fun-loving Lagosians.
Speaking at the virtual party monitored by LagosspyNG, the Commissioner disclosed that the event was viewed live by over 27,000 users on the Lagos State Government Facebook Page alone, while some other participants joined the event through other social media platforms.
While acknowledging that the pandemic had restricted activities in the Tourism and Entertainment industry, AkinbiIe-Yusuf revealed that the development has also brought to fore the need to leverage on technology to reactivate the sector, emphasising that limitless opportunities exist for the entertainment industry using technology.
In her words, “Lagos is the hub of entertainment, our people are used to hanging out on weekends to unwind and relax but since the outbreak of this COVID-19 pandemic, the social life of the residents had been put on hold, so this type of programme is meant to revive the entertainment aspect of our lifestyles without compromising all the safety and health protocols”.
The Commissioner informed that the State government is not unaware of the challenges facing practitioners in the sector and the entire residents as a whole, revealing that the present administration is in the process of approving palliatives for practitioners in the tourism and entertainment industry.
Assuring Lagosians of the return of the old normal in the entertainment sector soon, the Commissioner advised all residents of the State to keep safe and always adhere to the guidelines stipulated by the government, stressing that COVID-19 is real and not a child’s play.
In his remarks, Mr. Solomon Bonu, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, noted that the event is a way of experimenting with the new normal in the entertainment industry, saying that the Ministry wants to bring people out of depression, entertain Lagosians and also, create awareness about the new normal in the entertainment industry.
He said that the feedback from the event which is the first in its series, would be reviewed for future events to be hosted by the Ministry to keep the social life of the residents active.
The Digital Party which took place at the Lagos Theatre Oregun, amidst strict observance of the COVID-19 guidelines, also had in attendance the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr. Babatunde Olaide-Mesewaku; Nollywood Star, Saidi Balogun and few other officials of the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture.
The Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit in Lagos State has detained Instagram celebrity and Executive Director, Cubana Group, Pascal Okechukwu, popularly known as Cubana Chief Priest.
Okechukwu, known for his lavish lifestyle, arrived at the Force Headquarters Annex, Lagos, around 10am and was detained afterwards.
The Instagram celebrity, it was learnt, was invited for alleged misuse of police escorts and weapons as well as unexplained wealth.
A top police source said the investigation was sequel to an order from the Office of the Inspector-General of Police who had expressed shock over the abuse of police personnel.
He said, “We have detained Cubana Chief Priest and he is facing interrogation for misuse of police personnel as well as the illegal use of a weapon and his extravagant and unexplained lifestyle.”
Cubana Chief Priest is known to post pictures of himself in private jets and exotic cars to impress his 1.6 million followers on Instagram.
On January 6, 2020, he posted a video of himself throwing freshly minted bundles of naira notes to a huge crowd, a crime that attracts a sentence of six months or a fine of N50,000 or both.
His arrest comes a month after another Instagram celebrity and Chairman, Five Star Group, Emeka Okonkwo aka E-Money, was detained for similarly misusing police escort.
After flouting the lockdown order in Lagos State, the Police Command has taken Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, and her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello popularly called JJC Skillz to court.
Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, confirmed this development, adding that the actress, popularly called ‘Jenifa’, had been taken to a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ogba, Lagos, the Punch reported.
The police spokesman told THE PUNCH, “The husband arrived at the SCID around 2 am and they will be arraigned together.”
They were arraigned for breaching the Lagos Infection Diseases Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) which prescribes a jail term of one month or N100,000 fine or both for persons found guilty of hosting gatherings or flouting the lockdown order.
It reads in part, “Where there is a violation of a close down or stay at home order, security Agencies shall have the power to arrest without warrant and may detain any person who violates the close down or stay at home order for at least 48 hours.
“Where the arrested person is found guilty, the person is liable to a fine of N100,000.00 or one-month imprisonment or three months Community service.”
The police had arrested the actress on Sunday evening for hosting a party in honour of her husband, The PUNCHreports.
However, JJC Skillz and Naira Marley were absent during the time of arrest, causing the police to invite them.
Nigeria ace comedian, Ayodeji Richard Makun, popularly known as A.Y, host of the annual Easter Sunday comedy A.Y live shows announced the postponement of its perrannual comedy show until further notice.
The United States will offer up to $100 million to China and other impacted countries to combat the fast-spreading coronavirus, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday.
“This commitment — along with the hundreds of millions generously donated by the American private sector — demonstrates strong US leadership in response to the outbreak,” Pompeo said in a statement.
The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Lagos State Council under the leadership of the State Chairman of the Union Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, a.k.a MC Oluomo celebrate 100 days in office with success stories and unveil various achievement that its administration had achieved within the short time as Chairman of the Union.
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