The Lagos State Government says it has stopped multiple inspection of industries and other workplaces in the state, adding that the practice has its pitfalls.

The Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Rotimi Ogunleye, stated this on Wednesday at a press conference in Ikeja, adding that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had approved the introduction of harmonised inspection of factories in the state.

Ogunleye said, “This new system entails having a joint inspection team of all the ministries, departments and agencies rather than the previous method of having four MDAs going on separate inspections.

“Lagos is a mega city with a burgeoning population of over 21 million people and it is Nigeria’s financial, commercial and industrial nerve centre with considerable number of manufacturing industries, over 200 financial institutions, about 8,000 recognised business concerns and commercial outlets.

“In line with global best practices, business concerns in the state are expected to comply with all the existing laws and regulations of the state government and subject themselves to inspection, monitoring and supervision by the state’s regulatory agencies.

“It is because of various complaints received from the Organised Private Sector on over-regulation, multiplicity of inspection and unilateral/unauthorised sanctions and levies imposed by some MDAs that the state government has taken the necessary step to harmonise inspection of factories and other workplaces by regulatory bodies of the state.”

Ogunleye said a committee that would ensure the implementation of the harmonised inspection had been set up, comprising Dr K. E. Layeni-Adeyemo, as the chairman and Mr. F. O. Awosanya as the secretary. Other members are Mrs. R. Odeneye, Mr. T. Adebodun, and Mr. A. F. Kuforiji.