At least 24 religious outfits were shut in year 2014 by the Lagos State government after they were found guilty of noise pollution.
Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello and General Manager of the Lagos State Environment Protection Agency, LASEPA, Mr Ademola Shabi, disclosed this at the 2015 ministerial press briefing held in Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja.
According to Shabi, 13 industries were also shut for violating the environmental guidelines set by the government.
He lamented that pollution in the state was increasing and the government must embark on measures to reduce it.
“We received over 1, 000 petitions in the year under review. But we have been able to resolve some and some have relocated.
“We have shut about 24 religious outfits in the last one year because they failed to adhere to the state guidelines on noise pollution.
“The religious outfits contribute about 50 percent of the noise pollution in the state. In the last few years, we have been having problem to control noise from these outfits. We have been able to shut them down while some have relocated from the community where they were,” Shabi said.