By Mojola Aturamu
The Lagos State Government has banned live music in bars and restaurants within the state and persons that refuse to adhere will have to pay N500,000. He also warned religious houses to procure sound proof in order to minimise the effect of noise pollution.
Adebola Shabi, the General Manager, Lagos State Environment Protection Agency, LASEPA, has said the recent decision on noise pollution emanates from increasing rate of petitions by residents, who were lamenting on the frequent disturbance from the beer parlours, clubs and religious houses.
Shabi also decried the rate at which residential areas were being turned to commercial areas without the approval of the government. He however blamed the residents for not alerting the government about the development in their areas. He said some of the developments were sited in the places without the Environmental Impact Assessment which, according to him, would enable the government plan for the area or possibly disallow the project from being sited in the area.
On procurement of sound proof for churches, mosques, beer parlours and restaurants, Shabi added: “Any new church to be built must come and get a sign-off from the agency, the old one should start putting sound proof now. It must be acoustic .”
The LASEPA boss has however warned “Any complaint from the residents henceforth, there will be sanction. They must obtain permit to do so and failure to obtain permit, the fine is N500, 000. We must discourage needless noise making at our residences.”