Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) has warned residents against noise pollution, stressing its determination to enforce enabling laws.
Also, the agency has taken a step towards addressing the escalating concern of the menace, particularly during the festive period by convening a one-day ‘Stakeholders’ Parley’ for leaders of the entertainment industry statewide.
Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, who spoke at the event, emphasised the imperative of law and order in the management of noise pollution, especially during the festive period.
He underscored the significance of industry players adhering to established rules and regulations governing nightlife in Lagos State.
Wahab highlighted that compliance with these guidelines is crucial for striking a balance between the vibrant entertainment scene and the well-being of the community.
He said: “We recognise the vital role the entertainment industry plays in our cultural and economic landscape. However, it is imperative that we strike a harmonious chord between entertainment activities and the peace of mind of our residents.
“This requires a concerted effort from all stakeholders and strict adherence to the prescribed laws and regulations.”
General Manager of LASEPA, Dr. Babatunde Ajayi, said the critical need for collaborative efforts in finding sustainable solutions to mitigate the adverse effects of noise pollution from nightclubs.
He stressed the importance of striking a balance between vibrant nightlife and the well-being of residents in the state.
Dr. Ajayi outlined key strategies to effectively manage noise levels, including the implementation of soundproofing measures, setting reasonable decibel limits, and establishing monitoring mechanisms.
These measures, according to him, were designed to ensure that nightlife establishments thrive in their businesses, while maintaining a respectful coexistence with the surrounding community.
He, also, highlighted the significance of public awareness campaigns and educational initiatives to sensitise both nightlife establishments and patrons about the importance of responsible noise levels.
This proactive approach aims to cultivate a culture of environmental responsibility within the entertainment industry, leading to a more considerate and sustainable nightlife.