Lagos - The Lagos State Government has threatened to sanction
any church or mosque found disturbing public peace with noise
from their loud speakers.
The Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello, issued the threat
at his Ministry's 2014 Ministerial Press Briefing in Ikeja.
He said that government had been inundated with complaints from residents
living near some religious places disturbing their neighbourhoods with noise
and it would no longer watch the trend continue.
Bello said that worshipping God did not have to extend as far as encroaching
on the rights of others to peace.
“It is not right for mosques and churches to disturb other people with noise
from their activities, simply because they are worshipping God.
"Worshipping God should not come with so much discomfort to others."The ugly situation we have in some parts of the state is between four and
five churches and mosques on one street blaring so much noise at the same time,
thereby disturbing the peace of others.
“This is unacceptable and we can no longer tolerate this,’’ he said.
The commissioner also said the government was no more comfortable with the
volume of noise emanating from markets, club houses and factories, saying it
might not hesitate to sanction operators of such places.
He said the government had sealed no fewer than four churches, three
hotels and one factory last year for noise pollution.
The commissioner also warned residents, who were in the habit defecating in
open places, to stop the act or incur the wrath of the law.
He said open defecation and urination was becoming a problem in the state,
as it constituted a threat to public health and the environment
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