By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Days after sealing Redeem Christian Church of God, RCCG in Lagos, the State Government has shutdown Christ Embassy church, Water Parks and 18 others over noise pollution and other environmental related issues.
The exercise which cut across churches,
mosques, hotels and nightclubs included Water Parks at ikeja, West gate Louge, Omole, Magodo phase 1, Skylouge Bar, Oko Oba, Mallam Garba Mosque, iloro, Dick Jockey outlets, Dopemu, Agege, Christ Embassy Church, Iyana ipaja ,El Castillo Homes, Abule Egba, others are Triple Z Hotel & Suite, Shasha, Akowonjo, Regia Luxuria Hotels & Suites, Alimosho, Kings of Diamonds, Coker, Barrel Louge, Opebi, Voice Of Elijah Christian Church, Ikeja, Celestial Church of Christ, Ilupeju and unnamed Mosque at Allhamdiyah all in Lagos.
General Manager LASEPA, Dr. Adedolapo Fasawe, who confirmed the closure on Sunday, warned unrepentant noise polluters to desist from the act of attacking its officials while discharging their duties or face the full wrath of the Law.
Fasawe disclosed that LASEPA officials were attacked by hoodlums at the Westgate Louge, Omole and Sky Louge, Oko Oba while performing their duty to shut down the facilities for engaging in persistent noises pollution.
In a statement by the agency’s Public Affairs Officer, Bola Ajao, hinted that the unidentified attackers were hired by facility owners to prevent lawful application of the law in the state.
The General Manager argued that law enforcement agents globally were not always in the good book of offenders, whose primary aim were to subvert law and pervert cause of justice at all cost.
According to her, negative consequences awaited these perpetrators as the officials represented the government and whose motive was to protect the interest of the society against interest of few self centred defaulters.
“Enforcing environmental law in our society that thrives on impunity will require enlisting maximum support of the members of the public, especially our clerics, opinion, political and market leaders to lend their voices to the campaign and condemn the unwarranted but coordinated attacks being launched on the officials while performing their duties,” she added.
Fasawe, however, debunked allegations that particular religious believers were point of target in the fight against noise pollution.
“Our operation devoid all religious coloration and no particular religion is targeted, our primary objective is to ensure decorum and sanity in the state. The Agency in the past months has being recording tremendous success and which must be supported by all rather than unwarranted attack of our intention by means of misinformation, misrepresentation and deliberate negative reports to bring the agency to disrepute and causes chaos amongst our people,” Fasawe charged.
“We have deployed various innovations and techniques to tackle environmental pollutions, especially in the area of noise pollution all to no avail, such as engaging the public through advocacy, social mobilization programmes, stakeholder’s forum, Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) and lastly the use of enforcement as last resort in maintaining sanity.” Adding that voluntary Compliance is more important to the agency than enforcement but regrettably our people doesn’t honour holistic path hence the need to use the provision of the law to curb the tide” she lamented.
She also disclosed that some facilities were re opened after complying with the directive of the agency .
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