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Lagos State Bans External Speakers at Religious centres

THE Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Religious Matters, Rev. Sam Ogedengbe, has directed religious bodies in the state to remove all speakers mounted outside their main auditorium.
The directive was part of the government’s efforts to reduce noise pollution and its attendant health hazards in the metropolis..
Speaking during an interactive session with religious leaders and the press yesterday at the State Secretariat, Ikeja, Rev. Ogedengbe said it was imperative for government to revisit the need for religious houses to comply with the directives on noise pollution.
According to him, “We have received more than enough petitions from affected Lagosians over the issue of noise pollution, caused by religious houses, and there is no alternative than to make it compulsory for people to comply.”
The Special Adviser dismissed insinuations that the action was a deliberate plan to clamp down on churches and mosques, saying: “This is far from the truth. The government has always chosen to dialogue with the people of the state, but people willingly decided to flout the directives.
“The significance of the session was to enable various religious leaders contribute to the new measures we are planning to stem the volume of noise generated through their activities.”
Ogedengbe also cautioned those who claimed there is no law against noise pollution in the state to desist, saying: “Law against noise pollution is clearly stated. The problem is that such laws have not been implemented over the years”...
He suggested that religious bodies should make use of soundproof materials in their centres to reduce the impact of noise in the neighbourhood.
According to him, “Sometimes we receive up to 50 complaints in a day, across the state; in fact, there was an instance we got a complaint from a community where there were 17 churches and three mosques. This is one of the reasons we are looking into the matter to avert social unrests.”

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Comment by odewumi sunday daniel on July 8, 2010 at 7:54am
Cool and good idea but what about noise from studio and places where cd and cassett are being sold, are they not causing noise pollution as well? Even noise from our generators could make one run mad, are these not part of the pollution we are talking about? Is the govt going to ban us from using generators when they fail to give us power despite the fact that we still pay for it. God is not mocked... Our govt should stop taking us as fools, right things first.
Comment by Babs Balo on July 8, 2010 at 3:24am
This is most welcome idea God is not a distubing God why should we mount speaker out side by 4.00am waking peaple up. Gorvernment should impose heavy fine to whoever go contrary to this new rule.
Comment by Bankole Ogunrinde on July 7, 2010 at 6:45pm
This has been long overdue! However, nothing has been said about the noise pollution coming from audio CD and cassette sellers by the roadside who wreck havoc to our ears. Compliance with this ban can only be achieved by consistently and diligently reporting infractions of the law to the appropriate authorities until we see compliance.
Comment by Okewale Shinaayo on July 7, 2010 at 5:08pm
I love this Lagos State Government lead by Gov. Babatunde Fashola ........... U are to wonderful
Comment by Moses K Tawose on July 7, 2010 at 6:34am
What a legacy and stand up to the power that be....Eko oni b'aje oooooooooo. Changes has come and it's ready to steam roll away all that stands in its way. Time to stand aloof and do nothing has passed and whoever isn't ready shall be hauled by the way side of the changes.
Comment by BANJI ADEBAYO on July 6, 2010 at 7:52pm
The govt forgot noise pollution caused by vehicular horns. Danfos and molues should be checked in the use of horns. U could hardly hear blarring of horns in Europe.
Comment by mohammed ojobarp bakare on July 6, 2010 at 6:24pm
The state goverment is saying that you can control the level of impact on your speakers and not remove it completely. Most of us go abroad and see how those societies are organised. If we want to take our country to the next level, we must imbibe the tenets of the development models to suit our needs.
Comment by sade on July 6, 2010 at 5:39pm
Thank God!!!! Finally. I never understood y ppl had to disturb everybody in the name of worshipping God. U cant even hear urself think atimes, talk more of the pastor when there r speakers blasting from nearby churches and mosques blasting at full volume. Who wan go church/ mosque go go. No need for the harassment of everyone else.
Comment by Sylvester A. Ekpen on July 6, 2010 at 3:28pm
Noise pollution often persists because only five to ten percent of people affected by noise will lodge a formal complaint. Many people are not aware of their legal right to quiet and do not know how to register a complaint.

Poor urban planning is part of Naija's problem or how else do you explain a church, mosque, petrol station, poultry farm, industries, etc in a purely residential area. Back to square one!
Comment by Chika Ilonwa on July 6, 2010 at 1:44pm
Let's see how dis survives.
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