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Lagos Government seals 53 churches, mosques, hotels over alleged noise pollution



The Lagos State government, Wednesday, shut down 53 churches, mosques and hotels across the metropolis over alleged noise pollution and other environmental nuisances, following complaints from residents.

General Manager, GM, of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA, Engr. Adebola Shabi, after sealing the religious houses and the hotels, lamented that the premises shut were approved for residential but after few years, they were converted worship centers.

According to him, “it has been constituting nuisance to other neighbours.”

“Some of the affected facilities have been served demolition notices before the eventual closure. Besides, the growing rate of worship centres calls for serious regulations, especially in the areas of noise generated across the state,” the GM noted.

Shabi added that the worship centres that often disturb the people were usually makeshift structures.

He also stated that the hotels were shut for failing to conduct and submit Environmental Impact Assessment report, adding that the state government would not condone usage of old latrines or improper disposal of sewage.