Lagos Shuts 53 Worship Centres Over Environmental Offences

No fewer than 53 churches, mosques and hotels have been closed down in Lagos by the government  over noise pollution and other environmental offences.

Report by Punch, has it that some of the sealed worship centres were accused of converting residential apartments to places of worship, which according to the government has been constituting nuisance to other residents.

The General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA, Adebola Shabi, after the exercise, disclosed that the agency had been bombarded with complaints from residents and neighbours of the shut facilities.

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Shabi explained that some of the affected facilities had been served abatement notices before the eventual closure, adding that the growing rate of establishment of worship centres called for serious regulations, especially in the areas of noise generated across the state.

He said some of the noise-making worship centres were usually makeshift structures.

The LASEPA boss also explained that the hotels were shut for failing to conduct and submit Environmental Impact Assessment report.

Shabi added that the state government would not condone improper disposal of sewage, saying the usage of old latrines was unacceptable.

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