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Yuletide: LASEPA boss warns churches, clubs against noise pollution


The General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency LASEPA, Dr Babatunde Ajayi has warned churches, event centres, night clubs and others against noise pollution during this Yuletide period.

He also congratulated the Christians in the State for witnessing another celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, praying that God would grant them  long life to witness more celebrations in good health.

Speaking in Lagos, Ajayi called on the residents to continue to live in peace, love one another and celebrate the season in the best way that would not affect their health or impact negatively on the environment.

The General Manager urged the Christian faithful to imbibe all the tenets of the Christmas celebrations including; love for one another, free giving, faithfulness, purity, justice, truthfulness and emulation of Christ’s righteousness for a better society.

Ajayi while thanking the residents for allowing peaceful coexistence among people of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds, noted that government development  plans could only be achieved in the atmosphere of peace, urging them to continue to love one another ,peacefully  live together, and maximize the benefit of their diversity to promote the nation’s economic growth and infrastructure development.

LASEPA boss however warned the residents to always remember that the State Environmental Laws prohibiting pollution, loud music and noises from worship centers, club houses as well as other environmental infractions that can negatively impact on human health are still in force.

Specifically, Ajayi called on leadership and members of various religious organizations, club owners , industries and other  interest groups operating in the State  to recall various stakeholders engagement held by the State government  and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) jointly agreed  on that the yuletide should be moderately celebrated with less noise, no  pollution and strictly  adherence to the State Environmental laws in the best  interest of the public health.

The General Manager warned that his enforcement team would be on patrol 24/7 to ensure compliance with the State regulations on noise and general environmental pollution throughout the festive period.

According to the General Manager, all religious houses, club houses and other entertainment outlets are to operate within enclosed and soundproofed environments with regulated use of speakers, giving due consideration to neighboring residents during and after  the celebration

He reminded that the standard approved noise level in residential area shall not exceed 55 DECIBELS during the day and 45 DECIBELS at night while that of industrial and commercial areas in the State shall not exceed 90 and 70 DECIBELs respectively during the day.

Ajayi added that worship Centres must  equally reduce the number of internally placed speakers to the barest minimum, such that those speakers would address only the congregation/ members of that centres and not the neighborhood.

In addition, all open air and outdoor activities in the State shall henceforth be carried out with due authorization from the relevant government agencies while those involving the use of amplifiers and speakers shall hold after due authorization from LASEPA without contravening the stipulated approved noise limit for that environment

“As part of our ministerial mandates, we are determined to ensure that our people continue to enjoy good health, noiseless and pollution free environment during and after the yuletide so that they can grow in health and avoid consequences of noisy and polluted environment after the celebration, we will continue implement government policies and regulations guiding a clean and sustainable environment in the best interest of the public,’’ Ajayi stated.

Source; PM