Government officials shut down 24 churches over noise pollution

The general manager explained that these churches contribute about 50 percent of the noise pollution in the state

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No fewer than 24 churches were shut down in 2014 for going against state guidelines on noise pollution, Lagos State government has said.

Reports say the state government further said the new Material Recovery Facility, would be established to capture the huge waste generated daily and boost the Waste-to-wealth programme in the state.

According to the Commissioner for Environment,Tunji Bello and General Manager of the Lagos State Environment Protection, LASEPA, Ademola Shabi, an engineer, disclosed this at the 2015 ministerial press briefing held in Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja.

Shabi reeling out the activities of his agency in the year under review added that 13 industries were shut for violating the environmental guidelines set by the government.

Vanguard reports that he lamented that the pollution generated daily in the state was increasing and the government must embark on measures to reduce it, adding; “We received over 1, 000 petitions in the year under review. But we have been able to resolve some and some have relocated.”

According to him, “We have shut about 24 religious outfits in the last one year because they failed to adhere to the state guidelines on noise pollution.”

The general manager explained that these religious outfits contribute “the religious outfits contribute about 50 percent of the noise pollution in the state. In the last few years, we have been having problem to control noise from these outfits. We have been able to shut them down while some have relocated from the community where they were.

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