Following closure of worship centres, social points and hospitality premises after residents complaint of noise pollution, the Lagos State Government has given new conditions to reopen worship centres which were shut down.
Operators of the affected services must get letters of guarantees from residents’ associations of their operational communities, Environment and Water Resources Commissioners Tunji Bello said on Tuesday.
The commissioner while reading the riot act to operators of nightclubs, bars, karaoke centres, churches and mosques in the state that were shut down due to noise pollution, said the affected centres will not be reopened until they secure letters of guarantee from the residents association of their host communities.
In a statement by the Ministry’s spokesman, Mr. Adekunle Adeshina, the commissioner stated that the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) has been mandated to apply the full weight of the law in the matter.
LASEPA officials will henceforth monitor the activities of such centres/homes and anyone found to have exceeded the allowed level of sound output will be closed down and the appropriate sanctions applied.
Bello added that the action became imperative because his office has been inundated with complaints and petitions from many residents and community associations about the noise levels of many of the leisure centres and religious homes.
The commissioner clarified that it was also discovered that many of these recreation centers / religious homes, after being reopened by the state, typically go back to the same noise pollution they were previously reproached for, adding that this prompted the issue of involving the resident associations.
He urged owners of the affected premises to obtain sound proof equipment to reduce the level of noise, stressing that the government will not permit any business concerns to threaten residents ‘ safety and well-being.
The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) worked with the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) management to clean up waterway food and drink waste.