Lagos State government, has on Wednesday, December 9, sealed 53 churches, mosques and hotels across the city over alleged noise pollution and other environmental nuisances, following complaints from residents.
Following the sealing of the religious houses and hotels, the General Manager, GM, of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA, Engr. Adebola Shabi disclosed that the premises that were shut down were initially approved for residential, but after few years, they were converted into worship centres.
He said: “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 also said that the hotels were shut down 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.