Oyo State Assembly Directs Ministry to Penalise Churches and Mosques
The Speaker of the House, Mr Michael Adeyemo yesterday ordered the State Ministry of Environment, Urban Development and Physical Planning to sanction churches and mosques that disobey the Noise Pollution Law.
In his words:
Those guilty of such must be duly prosecuted and jailed; this should not be taken with levity… How will they perform their jobs effectively, if they cannot enjoy the protection of the state… If you have invited a church since January, 2016 and it refused to honour the invitation and another one signed an undertaking since February, 2016 and has not complied, then seal them… If some are complying and others are not, you are giving room for impunity.
Commissioner Isaac Ishola gave a breakdown of the noise pollution in the state thus:
- Churches and mosques contributed 70 per cent of noise pollution.
- Social gatherings accounted for 10 per cent.
- Telecommunications companies contributed about 10 per cent.
- Moise from other sources constituted eight percent.
Mr Toye Arulogun added that his ministry had engaged in door-to-door enlightenment to sensitise people on the dangers of noise pollution.