The Ogun State government has warned religious organisations and relaxation centres across the state to desist from any act that can cause noise pollution within the environment.
Penpushing report that Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Environment, Hon. Farouk Akintunde made this known during an enforcement tour to Sango/Ota and its environs, saying any erring organisation would be sanctioned.
The statement signed by Press Officer, of the agency Mrs. Busola Morakinyo, reiterated that the government would not condone infringements on the rights of citizens, maintaining that every religious organisations must operate in compliance with the laws of the constitution.
Penpushing further reports that, the statement enjoined residents to lodge complaints to the Ministry whenever the need arises for a swift response, saying religious organisations within residential areas should maintain 60-degree decibel noise level during the day and 40-degree decibel at night, stressing that organisation that defiles this rule will be prosecuted accordingly.
The Special Assistant while addressing founder of a church who had been served an abatement notice on the effects of noise pollution on the mental health of residents, pointed out that the noise pollution could cause high blood pressure, hearing loss, mental health disorder, deprive residents of sound sleep, among others.
Penpushing also reports that responding, a Pastor and one of the residents in the area, Benjamin Ekanem, and Mrs. Bukola Musoro respectively, applauded the State government for the sensitisation, promising to comply with the regulated laws of the State and ensure that worshippers and residents did not infringe on each other’s rights during religious activities.
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