Alimosho was on Thursday named the noisiest local government area in Lagos by the Lagos state Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA).
The General Manager of the agency, Mr. Antonio Ayodele made the remark at the 3rd Stakeholders interactive Session on Noise Pollution Control organized by the agency.
According to the General Manager, the second noisiest local government was Shomolu, then followed by Surulere, Lagos Mainland, Ikeja, Kosofe, Ikorodu, Eti-Osa, Agege, Mushin, among others.
“In 2016 and 2017, the local government areas with the highest noise complaints were Agege and Alimosho respectively.
“Record sellers on the streets of Lagos have continued to disturb other users of the environment, causing deleterious health effects to them, due to long-term exposure.
“The telephone vendors, who tend to generate noise pollution during activities of products, have been closely monitored and guided by the operational guidelines of the agency,” he said.
He attributed the increase in noise pollution to both indoor and outdoor activities of bars, lounges, hotels, pubs, and clubs.
This increase in noise pollution, according to him is a source of concern to the state government especially some areas where residential buildings were converted to public properties without appropriate approvals.
“Going back memory lane in 2014, noise pollution complaints emanating from industrial facilities were merely 19 in number; religious houses recorded a total of 183, and residential houses had 221, making a total of 423.
“’Little did we know that residents are merely tolerating environmental infractions exposed to them by their neighbors, majority being noise pollution.
“This significant increase in 2015 to 955 resulted in 125.8 percent increment in one year, thereby complementing the series of enlightenment campaigns of the agency,” he said.
Speaking on the increase noise pollution, Ayodele said the interactive session with relevant stakeholders will help promote the synergy required to mitigating noise pollution in Lagos State.
“We must, therefore, come together to redress noise pollution in the state, and develop a culture of sustainable management in all sectors of the economy.
“Birds and animals abound in Lagos State, and the agency looks forward to having once again a Lagos that could hear the chirpings and singing of birds in the early hours of the day and at evenings, as well as the cockcrow at dawn!
“We also want to hear the waves of the ocean and the sound of trees, blowing and swaying along our medians.
“Noiseless Lagos” is achievable by you and I. Please join us to stop noise pollution in Lagos State, to have a serene and safe environment,” he said.
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