The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has declared that it may soon start prosecution of worship centres and industries over noise making and environmental pollutions
Penpushing reports that, the Director General of the agency, Aliyu Jauro gave the hint, declaring that the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency has the power to prosecute for noise pollution.
The Director General pointed out that, churches and mosques are noted for the act, in using loud speakers without control while worshipping, warning that, noise is one of the serious environmental pollutants, adding that a noisy place affects plants, animals and humans.
“Once they are subjected to the noise, it leads to a lot of health problems ranging from hypertension and other diseases. So, as an agency, we have a specific regulation on noise control’, he emphasied.
“What we do as an agency is that we go out to ensure compliance. There is a lot of activities people engage that affect the environment and individuals. We receive complaints from a lot of people’, Jauro added.
“For instance, places like churches, mosques, even industries are causing a lot of noise which we receive complaints from people, so we do visit such areas, sensitising them about the problem people are facing. We also advise them on how they can go about their activities without polluting the environment by the noise. We carry out enforcement when the need arises,” he said.
Penpushing further reports that, the agency boss called for effective sensitisation by relevant environmental stakeholders to curb environmental pollution in Nigeria,explaining that the sensitisation would help the public to understand the havoc pollution was causing both to humans, animals, plants, as well as the environment.
“Sensitisation is the key, people don’t even know the impact of this noise pollution so we always try to sensitise the public. There is need to sensitise and educate the public on environmental issues so that everybody will key-in to support NESREA so that we will have a cleaner and healthier environment,” he said.
Penpushing also reports that, Jauto called on Nigerians to ensure they complied with environmental rules and regulations, stressing on need to limit noisemaking at worship centres, industries, and social gatherings, among others.
The Director General emphasised that the agency had the mandate and power to prosecute any organisation or individual who refuses to abide by environmental rules and regulations,adding that all the provisions are in the agency regulations.
“All these provisions are there in our regulations, there is a provision for fine first, when we receive a complaint we go there and look at the complaint. Then, we go back and serve another compliance notice. We will do that about two times, the third one, we can take either the facility or individual to the court of law’,he explained.
“But most of the time, we try to see that we resolve the matter amicably with those responsible. We do make sure we resolve those disputes, but if they persist, yes, we can sanction the offenders, and also take them to court of law and some of them can be judged,’’ Jauto said.
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