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Fighting Noise Pollution In Lagos State

IGR, lagos
Posted: Jul 7, 2016 at 2:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

At last, the Lagos State Government has wielded the big stick on noise pollution in the State by shutting down 70 churches, 20 Mosques, 11 club houses and hotels to demonstrate that it can bite beyond barking. The State hopes that this move will send warning signals to everybody and organisations that are involved in emitting noise that could either be a nuisance or a pollutant.

This Newspaper congratulates the Lagos Sate Government for the will shown to take the bull by the horns in addressing the menace considering the hazardous effect on the health of the people within the environment where such pollution exists.

Lagos, being both a State and a city is exposed to all kinds of noise pollution. In areas where there are industries, saw mills, airports and other concerns that use heavy equipment, people are subjected day and night to noise generated by engines and have ultimately accepted the abnormal situation, even when it is against their will. Those who are living far away from industrially generated noise are also being challenged by noise generated socially, such as that produced by loud music during parties, places of worship and beer parlours. Vendors, some hotels that have the wrong notion that noise attracts patronage and such other places are not left out in the production of the discordant sounds.

Since previous administrations were lenient on the issue of noise pollution, the situation has attained a dimension that even those who create the noise believe they are exhibiting the Right to freedom of expression. Noise pollution is disturbance or nuisance that has the capacity to annoy, irritate or even harm others. This is even more so when it is unwanted and interferes with normal activities like conversation.

Noise pollution can have adverse effect on health by disrupting or diminishing a person’s quality of life. Research has shown that noise pollution can induce stress linked illnesses, sleep disruption and permanent hearing impairment caused by damage to the ear drum. Prolonged exposure to impulsive noise can also cause tinnitus, which is the hearing of intermittent or continuously sustained sounds that could vary from ringing, buzzing, whistling or any other sounds. Tinnitus occurs in the absence of any external source and could vary in loudness.

Persistent irritable level of noise can lead to such infuriation that can precipitate heart disease, hypertension and other related adverse cardiovascular effects. Besides, lack of appropriate rest, especially at night, because of high noise level, can create the kind of edginess that could cause an increase in workplace accident rates, bring about aggression and other anti-social behaviour. Some people could even become psychologically traumatised from hearing noise that sounds like gun shots, for instance, when fire crackers are set off.

We believe that the Lagos State Government should not relent in this laudable endeavour and suggest that the State maintains the tempo by embarking on enlightenment campaign for more considerate modes of expression during worship in places where noise is viewed as a form of evangelism.

We urge these places of worship to soundproof their worship areas if noise generated from worshipping will go above decibels that can be considered appropriate and thoughtful of other people’s feelings. The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) should also join in this fight against noise pollution because a passenger’s destination can be affected by the noise generated at motor parks. Music shop owners who contribute to noise pollution should also be made to understand the implication of their activities. Hall administrators should be made to sound proof their halls, as is done abroad, so that their patrons do not sentence those living within the vicinity of the halls to death in the name of enjoyment. Companies promoting their products should no longer be satisfied with noise generating floats but come up with innovative noiseless marketing strategies.

We think that having put the right foot forward, especially with the involvement of places of worship, the Lagos State Government should be committed and proactive in sustaining this battle against an aberration that has been accepted as a way of life by some for want of strong and enduring government intervention.