Experts seek intervention to boost sector as government eases lockdown
To mitigate the expected lull in business as the Federal Government eases lockdown amid COVID-19 pandemic, expert in the building industry has sought government’s interventions to boost the sector.
Envisaging that there might be drop in title restrictions on some areas of concessions, they called for quick intervention on the plans government has for the sector to create a turnaround.
Senior Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Knight Frank Nigeria, Frank Okosun, advocated this when he spoke on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the building sector and his expectations as government eases lockdown.
He said this over the weekend, when the firm as part of its corporate social responsibility, fed about 1000 persons with cooked food and distributed face masks to residents on the Lagos Island where its office is located to curtail spread of the coronavirus as offices open for business.
On what prompted the gesture, Okosun said: “This is part of our corporate social responsibility in our area of operation. We have been doing it since the lockdown. This is the climax of it, trying to feed about a 1000 of them. Every other week, we feed about 200 to 250 of them.”
As work resumes, he said the firm has put in place necessary measures to tackle the pandemic as stipulated by government.
According to him, “We have made arrangements based on government’s pronouncement. Some people will work remotely from home, while we will have about 40 per cent of those that will work in the office. We have arranged spacing out to maintain social distancing, and other items made available to maintain better hygiene. We have also decontaminated the office environment.
“Basically, there would be lull in business, there is not going to be transaction like it used to be before. It is going to affect all aspect of our transactions of business.”
Member, Lagos State House of Assembly representing Lagos Island Constituency II, Lanre Afinni, who witnessed the distribution of the items, commended Knight Frank Nigeria on being supportive to the people in the community and Lagos Island as a whole.
Noting that the firm has lived up to expectation, he urged other organisations to extend same gesture to members of the community to avoid the civil unrest by the youths.
He spoke about how government is doing a lot to enlighten them on the dangers of the COVID-19.