Sanwo-Olu bars motor parks from using loudspeakers

At Lagos automobile parks, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has outlawed the use of amplifiers, microphones, and megaphones.

According to Omobolaji Gaji, the permanent secretary of the office of environmental services, the goal was to reduce noise pollution.
Mr. Gaji expressed concern about the prevalence of noise pollution, particularly in public places.

He addressed at a press conference hosted by the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, in collaboration with the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) and the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation.

Mr Gaji went on to say that noise pollution was the most common of the complaints he got each year, accounting for 75% of all complaints.

He also stated that the complaints were primarily anthropogenic, and that they came from a variety of sources, including transportation, religious, commercial, industrial, entertainment, and power generation.

"The threat is producing stress, which has serious health consequences, and those who have been exposed for a long time will get hearing loss, which is harmful to human health," he said.

From Wednesday (today), it was unlawful for any motor park in Lagos to utilize sound amplifiers and other noise-making devices when calling on passengers, according to LASEPA general manager Dolapo Fasawe.

Mrs Fasawe stated that any park found in violation of the directive would be prosecuted.

Oluwatoyin Fayinka, the governor's special adviser on transportation, said that parks that disobeyed the mandate would be closed, and their management would be dealt with appropriately.


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