Oyo State government has issued a two-week ultimatum to places of worship including churches and mosques and owners of clubs, bars and restaurants to remove their external speakers.
The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Chief Isaac Ishola who issued this ultimatum on Tuesday during a inter-ministerial press briefing also disclosed that no fewer than 372 environmental law defaulters have been prosecuted in the last one year.
Ishola, accompanied by his Information, Culture and Tourism counterpart and other aides of the governor, said the ultimatum became necessary due to complaints and distress calls by residents of the state over noise pollution.
He said it has been observed that most of the complaints on noise pollution are from places of worship, warning that people should not use their religious activities to disturb others.
“We are giving churches and mosques with externals speakers two weeks to remove them. They have been given two weeks to remove them.
“You don’t use religion to disturb others. Our laws do not permit that.”
He, however, said that his ministry has arrested and prosecuted no fewer than 372 environmental law defaulters in the last 12 months.
“The ministry has two mobile courts that sit during the day; we have arranged that magistrate courts should also try environmental offenders.
Ishola, while speaking further, declared that traders at the Temidire plank market were asked to vacate the premises for another location solely for environmental hazard, noise pollution, lack of drainage and its closeness to the main road.
“The Temidire Planks Market, sawmills ought to be at the outskirts of the town. You are aware of Temidire Market, it was closed due to some reasons.
First, environmental hazard, then noise pollution. Thirdly, there is no drainage in the market. If there is heavy rainfall, the place will be flooded and fourthly, the market is very close to the road.”