Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
The Speaker of the Oyo Assembly has directed the State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Chief Isaac Ishola, to enforce the existing laws on noise pollution.
In pursuant to the directive of the House on March, 22, 2017 invited the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Tayo Arulogun and the ministry Permanent Secretary, Dr. Bashiru Olanrewaju; Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Chief Isaac Ishola and the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Oguntola Olusoji to brief the House on the measure to stem the menace of noise pollution in the state.
Speaker Adeyemo said those saddled with the enforcement of the law must be protected, saying anybody that attempted to attack the agents of ministry must face the music. “Let the person go to jail”, he said.
Speaking further the speaker who urged the information commissioner to enlighten the public of the menace of noise pollution, said after sensitization, the next thing is enforcement.
“We will not accept noncompliance. The law is blind and applies to everybody”, he said.
He added that any religious house that refused to comply should be sealed up.
Stressing that religion is freedom, religious activities must not affect others.
He charged the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism to increase the tempo of sensitization.
All lawmakers who made contributions called for the enforcement of the existing laws.
Responding, Chief Ishola who assured the lawmakers that appropriate action would be taken, disclosed that the ministry had so far prosecuted 96 offenders.
Chief Ishola said: “We’ve taken some steps, meetings are ongoing. We’re going out with the police officers. We’ve given them notices. We held meetings with some critical stakeholders. We must not exceed the allowable decibel which is 45 in the night, 60 in the day and 90 for industrial areas”.
On his part, information commissioner, Toye Arulogun who said his ministry had been doing door-to-door campaigns promised more robust campaigns in term of advocacy.
“We need to increase the scope of communication and embrace whistle-blowing. We go with Ministry of Environment in term of advocacy”, Arulogun pointed out.
Meanwhile, the lawmakers on Tuesday passed into law four bills.
The bills are Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Residential Amendment Bill which seeks to make the school residential, Proceeding Bill which seeks to protect the interest of public servants and save them from embarrassment; the Survey Amendment Bill which will make people to patronize professional surveyors and Mediation Centre Bill which seeks the constitution of Governing Council for the agency.