Officials of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA at the weekend stormed a branch of the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Ministry located at 25 Omobola Street, Lawanson, Surulere area and shut it down over noise pollution.
Six other churches were also shut down for the same reason, they are;
Bible Church, FESTAC; The Chapter of Christ Church, Oregun, Ikeja, Assemblies of God Church, Ikeja, The Golden Gate Church, Ifako-Ijaiye and Seek and Save Ministry, Abule Egba.
The state government had earlier issued pre-sanction notices to the affected churches to reduce the noise pollution coming from their buildings.
When contacted, the General Manager of LASEPA, Engr. Rasheed Shabi stated that the closure of the churches became necessary after several abatement notices issued to them were ignored.
Engr. Rasheed added that some of the churches even snubbed meetings called by the agency on how to resolve the noise pollution issue.
“The agency’s stance is clear on issue of noise pollution level permitted. This has been communicated to all worship centres in the state.
“The level of noise pollution allowed in the state is between 55 decibel during the day and 42 to 45 decibel at night.” Engr. Rasheed said.
The LASEPA boss also said the Lagos state government was determined to reduce noise pollution in the state because of the abnormality and diseases related to it.
He ordered the various worship centres in the Lagos state to comply with the state’s standard on noise suggesting that churches could use sound proof equipment to reduce noise levels during their worship services.