70 churches, 20 mosques, about 11 hotels, club houses and beer parlours have been shut down by the Lagos State Government as part of efforts to clamp down on noise pollution in the state.
The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) said that, henceforth, the state government would no longer allow make-shift buildings to be used as places of worship.
LASEPA General Manager, Mr Bola Shabi, in an interview with pressmen in Lagos on Wednesday, said precisely about 70 churches, 20 mosques, about 11 hotels, club houses and beer parlours were shut and have been given some directives to follow.
Mr Shabi says the agency has been so strict recently and will no longer allow make-shift churches in the state any more.
Explaining the make shift structures, Shabi says its using tents and uncompleted buildings as worship centres. He says the level of compliance is more on the mosque area, because immediately they are shut down, they instantly bring down their speakers or reduce the noise they make.
Shabi said that LASEPA planned to reduce noise in the state to 70 per cent and to zero per cent by the year 2020. Currently, the agency has only been able to reduce the noise level to about 35 per cent, which for them is not a pass mark yet.
LASEPA pledged to continue the enforcement, until the 70 to 80 per cent target is reached. Mr Shabi said with Lagos status as a mega city, by year 2020, the state will be noise free, adding that enforcement is a continuous exercise.
Meanwhile, the State Government had earlier issued a Seven Day ultimatum to illegal occupants along government schools’ setbacks to vacate or face prosecution.
The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, LSUBEB, warned that any defaulter caught after the expiration of the directives would be evicted and prosecuted accordingly, by the state task force team.