The General Manager of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Mr Adebola Shabi, on Thursday said that the Agency receives an average of 10 to 15 petitions on noise pollution daily.
Shabi disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Lagos (NAN) in Lagos.
He, however, said that the noise level in the state had reduced drastically.
According to him, the reduction is as a result of the Agency’s sensitisation programmes around different communities in the metropolis.
“Averagely in a day, we have 10 to 15 petitions on issues of noise pollution and air pollution from generators and generating sets and religious houses.
“When the Agency gets such petitions, it arranges a meeting with those involved to first educate them on noise pollution and the need to reduce the number of speakers in their premises.
“After the meeting, most of them do comply but the few that failed to comply we then shut down their premises.
“They will then sign an agreement with the Agency, to comply fully, before the premises are reopened,’’ he said.
According to him, in 2014, the Agency sanctioned a lot of religious houses, not just churches but, mosques too.
The LASEPA GM said that apart from religious houses, the Agency also sanctioned some club houses too.
He said that the rate of noise pollution was always related to population, adding that the Agency had been trying to reduce the noise pollution in a state of over N20 million people.
Shabi said that once a complaint or petition was received, the Agency moves in immediately to ensure it was stopped.
He enjoined Lagos residents to always report such distractions within their areas to the Agency, for quick action. (NAN)