By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Following series of complaints from residents over Quilox Club activities in Victoria Island axis, Lagos State Environmental Pollution Agency (LASEPA) on Monday sealed the premises over infractions of traffic and environmental laws.
The seal of the premises came days after, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) warned that churches, mosques, event centers, and others must desist from violating the State Road Traffic law 2012.
Quilox, a luxurious hangout is owned by Mr. Shina Peller, a member of the Federal House of Representative, representing the Iseyin/ Itesiwaju/Iwajowa/Kajola Constituency in Oyo state.
The popular bar which is situated at 873, Ozumba Mbadwe Ave, Victoria Island, Lagos, according to General Manager, LASEPA, Dr Dolapo Fasawe, was shut down at exactly 1:30 pm on Monday afternoon for incessant noises, violating the right of residents to peaceful ambience without recourse to the extant law guiding its operations of maintaining standard permissible noise level.
Fasawe stressed that LASEPA could not afford to act after several complaints from residents on persistent gridlocks and noise pollution that emanates from Quilox.
According to her “LASEPA does not discriminate in the discharge of its duties, especially when implementing the Lagos State law on eradication of environmental nuisances across the State. We perform our responsibilities without fear or favor. Adding that the agency has been enforcing all around the state, based on petitions received from the publics and follow due procedures for effective service delivery for smooth operations and to also avoid hoax calls and misrepresentation of facts.
“Upon receipt of any petition, we sends out our team to ascertain the true state of things, on identifying infractions, we summons the parties involved to a mediation meeting. Where mutual agreement is signed, it’s after the violation of the truce that we enforce. We serve the interest of the people and tirelessly working to bequeath a functional and healthy environment, devoid of all forms of environmental degradations, regardless of whose ox is been gored” Fasawe asserted.
She enjoined lagosians to corporate with the agency and ensure that they do not in any way contribute to the menace of noise pollution as the agency will not hesitate to go after them whenever petitioned are raised against their operations
A resident of the community told the Guild that, whenever the Club is holding event especially during weekends, motorists were often forced to drive against traffic.
He said: “Good afternoon sir, this morning I passed there around 2:30 am and two lanes were used for parking vehicles. Other vehicles had to follow one way to avoid traffic”.