The Lagos State Government has partnered with religious houses in the state to combat the menace of noise pollution.

The state government organized an awareness workshop on Wednesday which saw a large participation of representatives from various religious houses in the state.

The theme of the event, organized by the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, was: “Achieving a Silent Lagos for Healthy Citizenship”.

Speaking at the event, the General Manager of LASEPA, Dr. Babatunde Ajayi, appealed to religious organizations and individuals to respect existing laws regulating noise pollution in the state.

Ajayi said the objective of the event was to sensitize stakeholders on the need to carry out their activities and worship without creating a nuisance to the environment and the neighbourhood.

He noted that LASEPA had received more than 2,500 petitions from residents regarding noise pollution and environmental offenses committed by some religious practitioners in the state.

He explained that the monitoring and inspection carried out by LASEPA were carried out without preference or prejudice towards any religious affiliation.

He ordered adherents of the different religious houses to “stop the noise, not the worship.”

Speaking also, the Special Advisers to the Governor on Religion (Christian), Rev. Bukola Adebiyi, and (Islam), Mr. Abdullahi Jebe, appealed to adherents of different religions to respect the rights of others by reducing noise pollution.

They also called for more awareness and seminars on the dangers of noise pollution.

In her comments, the Director of LASEPA Noise and Emissions Control Department, Olabisi Shonibare, said exposure to noise pollution damages the eardrum.

Ms Shonibare noted that the agency took its awareness campaign against noise pollution to event centers and clubs, adding that the damage to the ear was irreplaceable.

She urged religious houses to monitor their noise levels using technology so as not to fall victim to the law.

Most representatives of religious entities present at the event promised to raise awareness among their followers about the dangers of noise pollution. They promised to partner with the state government to achieve a silent Lagos.

Remember that in the recent past, the state government sealed some religious houses and entertainment centers in the state due to noise pollution

(IN)

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