Lagos Assembly begins battle against noise pollution

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Eromosele Ebhomele
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday commenced a bid that could help the state stem the rising trend of noise pollution.
PM NEWS can confirm that residents of the state have variously complained about the impact of noise pollution from places of worships, commercial bus drivers, and those who use loud speakers in the sales of their commodities.
The House, apart from calling on the state Ministry of Information and Strategy to begin an enlightenment campaign to sensitise the public on the danger that noise pollution poses to health and the need to stem its tide, also called on the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to direct the General Manager of the state Environmental Protection Agency to commence the discharge of the statutory responsibility conferred on the agenvy by Section 9 (a) of the state Environmental Protection Agency Law, 1996.
The House also resolved to call on the state Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture to ensure that the use of public address systems are discouraged within the community so as not to disturb the peace and tranquility of the various communities.
The House decision came after a motion titled: “Need for Regulation of Noise Pollution in Lagos State” and raised by the member representing Epe Constituency 1, Abiodun Tobun.
Tobun, in the motion, lamented the high level of noise pollution arising from the blaring of music by vendors, streets party organisers and outdoor advertisers as well as indiscriminate use of horns by motorists and cyclists on major highways in the states.
The lawmaker also noted the high culpability of churches, mosques and other faith-based organisations in the state through their various programmes like vigil, mobile preaching, tafsir and periodic calls to prayers.
He educated his colleagues on the health impact of noise pollution as recently raised by the …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper