Lagos State Government Tuesday said it has no plans to witch-hunt anyone or force them out of business, saying that it was concern about health implications of uncontrolled noise pollution on the residents.
There had been apprehension over the prohibition of live band music at various beer parlours, restaurants and food joints in the state
Speaking at a-day stakeholders’ Summit with club owners, hotels, lunges, restaurants, the State Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, said that the state was not interested in banning live bands but would only regulate and educate them on the need to manage noise and other pollution generated in the course of their businesses.
Adejare reiterated the government’s commitment to boost tourism and entertainment, saying that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration would not ban live ban or take policies that would force them out of business.
Also speaking, on the theme of the Summit, entitled: “Regulating Hospitality and Allied Services in Mega City: the Role of Service Providers”, the General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA, Adebola Shabi, an engineer, explained that the stakeholders was put together re-orientate the club owners, hoteliers and others in the hospitality business on the need to consider health hazards of their business on other residents.
While saying that government was not planning to backtrack over its stance on open live ban in residential areas, Shabi said that sound proof engineers were invited for the summit to help educate the operators.
He assured that the government was ready to sensitise the club owners, hoteliers and restaurants and relaxation joints operators on what they need to do, if they must operate in Lagos.
Shabi said:” We are calling them so as to sensitise them on what and what needed to be done as regard soundproofing, safety, health and impact of their activities on the lives of other residents, who equally have the right to peaceful living. We will give them the guideline, the time frame on how to operate.”
Shabi, who noted that that those in hospitality business are guilty violating some of the provisions of the law on smoking, noise and other environmental pollution in the course of doing their businesses.
”Most of them are not aware of the Environmental Impact Assessment, EIA, the noise standard, fumigation and a lot of things that they need to do. So, we must assist them to comply with the law.
“They must soundproof their premises and because we have soundproof engineers here to educate them on what to do, they must use their activities to disturb others,” he added.
Also speaking, Fuji maestro Adewale Ayuba, who was among the club owners, commended the government for the stakeholders, saying most club owners are ignorant of many state government’s regulations and which government’s officials to be allowed to regulate what.
“We need education, enlightenment and more this sensitisation. There are ways of singing music without generating noise. When I get to a level that I know for no reason I don’t need blast my instrument generating noise. When music becomes noise, there is a problem. How can anyone get a good rest when music is blaring? So, it is good to know the decibel requires at various places and different times, when you know this, you won’t run afoul of the law,” he said.