The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) has sealed off Sporta Suites Hotel and Restaurant in Magodo, Lagos, for alleged non-compliance with environmental laws.
According to The Nation, the hotel was part of the 70 of such facilities that were sealed off as a result of noise pollution allegations levelled against them.
Also sealed were about 13 religious houses and a plastic recycling company located in different parts of the state on account of noise and air pollution.
LASEPA’s General Manager, Rasheed Adebola Shabi said the exercise was part of an ongoing war against noise and air pollution in Lagos State.
He said over 70 churches, 25 mosques and 11 nightclubs have already been pencilled down to be sealed by the agency during the exercise.
The facilities, Shabi said, were sealed off for allegedly not complying fully with the agency’s instruction on noise and air pollution, saying the enforcement was carried out after several warnings by the agency to the owners to abate the pollution were not heeded to.
Shabi said LASEPA doesn’t seal off people’s property or facilities indiscriminately. He noted that before sealing off someone’s property, the agency must have given several warnings and failure to yield or comply with the warnings results in sealing off such property.
Air and noise pollution/emissions, Shabi said, are parts of what the agency is kicking against.
He said before any operation, residents of the area must have variously written petitions on the impact of noise pollution from places of worship, commercial bus drivers and those who use loud speakers while selling their wares.
Shabi said research by LASEPA in the last two to three years, revealed that most of the religious houses do not have Lagos State approval to operate, adding that most hotels and club houses also do not have fiscal planning approval.
“Before you can build any hotel anywhere in the world, there must be an environmental impact assessment.
“There are people using trucks to sell their products with speakers to disturb the peace of Lagosians. Soon, we will begin to tow these trucks to get them off the streets,” he said.
He added that Lagosians needed to live in peace and LASEPA would continue to fight for the peace of residents of Lagos.
He further said the defaulters would be fined and compelled to sign an undertaking or put in place an action plan to forestall a recurrence, before the facilities would be unsealed.
The operation took place in areas such as Ijaiye-Ojokoro, Meiran, Ogba, Aguda and Magodo, among others.
Some of the affected churches included Celestial Church of Christ, (Ebenezer Parish), Abule Titun, Alakuko, Solution Life Ministry, Ogba, Aguda, Zoe Ministries Worldwide, Ojodu and The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Akiode.