Lagos State government shuts down 20 mosques

The Lagos State Government has closed down 11 hotels, 20 mosques, 70 churches, and beer parlors. The reason for the action is a welcome one.

According to the General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Bola Shabi, henceforth, the state government would not allow make-shift buildings as centers of worship.

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According to Shabi, “Precisely about 70 churches, 20 mosques and about 11 hotels, club houses and beer parlors were shut and we’ve given them some directives to follow.

“We’ve been so strict now that we are not going to even allow make-shift churches in the state any longer.

“What I mean by make-shift, using tents and uncompleted building, we are not going to allow that any further in the state.

“But I will strongly tell you that the level of compliance is more on the mosque area, because immediately you shut them, they instantly bring down their speakers or reduce the noise they make.

“As at today, we are only able to reduce the noise level to about 35 per cent. That is not a pass mark yet. So, until we reach that target of 70 to 80 per cent, we will continue the enforcement.

“Enforcement is a continuous exercise and we have set a target for ourselves. We want to ensure that Lagos is noise-free by the year 2020.

“With our status as a mega city, by year 2020 we will be free of noise,’’ he stated.

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The centers were closed down as a result of noise pollution.

The development was welcomed among residents who live adjacent to the centers closed. Some residents lamented extreme noise emanating from loud speakers and the like.