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Lagos bans live band at beer parlours, restaurants, others

Lagos State government has prohibited live band music at various bear parlours restaurants and food joints in the state in what appears like a renewed war against noise pollution in the state.

The state government has also called on religious houses to procure sound proof in order to minimise the effect of noise generated on their neighbouring residents through various speakers they often mounted outside walls of their churches and mosques.

This was just as it raised the alarm over the rate at which residents unknowingly consumed poisonous water through underground sources, warning the petrol stations in the state to install monitoring well in their filling stations or face serious sanction.

‎According to the state government, most households are ignorantly drinking water already contaminated by petrochemical substances through underground water.

It said that recent research undertaken by the state’s agency showed by Alimosho area of the state recorded the highest contaminated water by petrochemical substance.

General Manager‎, Lagos State Environment Protection Agency, LASEPA, Adebola Shabi, who spoke with newsmen, said that the decision on noise pollution came on the heels of increasing rate of petitions by residents.

He said the residents were found lamenting the frequent disturbance from the beer parlours, club houses and religious houses.

Speaking on polluted water, Shabi said a recent research conducted by the agency on well water and bore holes across the state revealed that some underground water contain particles, substances and chemical reactions from petroleum substances which people drank regularly in the state.

He pointed out that the state government would not fold its harm and allow residents to continue to consume what could lead to cancer at the long run, alleging that a lot of foods and drugs items taken and consumed by Nigerians contain substances dangerous for consumption.

The LASEPA boss also decried the rate at which residential areas were being ‎converted to commercial areas without government’s approval, blaming the residents for not informing the government about the development.

According to him, some of the developments were cited in the places without the Environmental Impact Assessment which, according to him, would enable the government plan for the area or possibly disallow the project from being cited in the area.

He also bemoaned‎  practice of parking vehicles on the street for too long, saying residents must also report such in order not to jeopardise the state’s efforts at boosting the security in the state‎.

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