Over 40 buildings, including churches, mosques and night clubs, have been closed by the Lagos State Government for noise pollution.
30 of the buildings closed were houses of worship, according to the General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Rasheed Shabi.
Shabi revealed that the buildings had to be closed because of the menace they constituted.
“If we do this for another six months, the level of non-compliance in the state will reduce. The agency has received thousands of complaints from residents in the state over the increase pollution.
“When one is exposed to noise level, which is about 150 percent decibel for 6 hours, such person could have deafness.
“In industrial areas, noise level is meant to be at 90 decibel. In the day and at night it should be 80 decibel. In areas we call mixed (residents and industry), during the day, the noise pollution is expected to be at 65 decibel and at night 55 decibel.
“In the last four years, we have been receiving lot of complaints from the residents of Lagos state complaining over the increase in the level of noise pollution in the state especially from religious houses and club houses,” he said.
“So, we decided to enforce the law establishing the agency. And when we seal, we tell the owner of the outfit to correct certain things before such outfits could be reopened.”
“For religious houses, we don’t ask them to pay fines but they are mandated to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, with the state government, stating that they will comply with the laws.”
“When we did the noise pollution audit in Ikorodu, we discovered that iron and steel companies contribute over 80 percent of the pollution load in that axis. But through our continuous monitoring, it has reduced to 50 percent pollution load,” he explained.