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State Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti

Disturbed by the environmental challenges associated with noise in Lagos and its attendant impact on the well being of the citizenry, experts have advocated a collective approach to tackle noise pollution in the state.

The experts drawn from the built environment and other allied professions were of the view that continuous awareness will also impact positively on the socio-cultural behaviour of the populace about noise control.

Speaking at the 4th annual Stakeholders’ interactive session on noise pollution control in Lagos themed: ” Noise Mapping and New Urban Development Plan- The Lagos Experience”, they noted that urban noise must be managed and controlled such that it does not conflict with human activities and people’s perception of wellbeing.

Leading the call at the event attended by religious leaders, hospitality/ entertainment industry players, music / record vendors, transporters and telecommunication marketers, Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti said noise as a serious environmental infraction must be addressed using sustainable developmental policies.

The commissioner noted that the growing awareness of the menace on the citizenry to their rights and privileges to a good life devoid of noise but serene environment has called for action by the state government to manage and reduce noise pollution in the state.

According to him, noise mapping allows for efficient visualization of noise distribution in areas where land use are sensitive to noise and a very efficient tool for noise assessment in an urban area.

Durosinmi-Etti stressed that the challenges of Lagos as a large city tending towards a smart one are being addressed to ensure good data management, calculation and optimization procedures, with efficient validation techniques for representative presentation that will ensure that noise maps are powerful tools for urban noise planning and designs.

Also, General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) organizer of the event, Antonio Ayodele said the ability to measure ambient noise levels and appropriate representation on the map will provide useful tool for spatial identification of noise sources, its spread and impact .

According to him, noise mapping has the potential to enable data accessibility to the public in a way that is comprehensible and could further raise awareness of noise as a pollutant, thus creating the clime necessary for the implementation of a noise reduction, especially in the new urban development plan for Lagos.

He urged stakeholders to come together to develop a culture of sustainable noise management in all sectors of the economy.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos Ministry of Physical Planning & Urban Development, Mrs Boladale Dapo-Thomas lamented that the ministry is faced with a number of developmental challenges ranging from illegal conversion of uses , illegal developments, over density, distressed and dilapidated buildings as well as noise pollution.

Mrs. Dapo-Thomas, who was represented by Olufunmilayo Osifuye, said these illegal conversions have resulted into increase in density, stress on existing infrastructure, traffic congestion, environmental pollution and noise pollution.

Expounding on the theme: “ Noise Mapping and New Urban Development – The Lagos Experience”, the guest speaker and Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Prof Olanrewaju Fagbohun, lamented lack of enforcement of the consolidated Lagos State Environmental Management and Protection Law 2017.

He said noise pollution control is achievable but requires strategic long term commitment.

In his remarks, Audiology consultant, Decibel Hearing Consultants Limited, Ikeja, Graham Ameyaw lamented the damage caused by exposure to hazardous noise levels and the synergistic effects of noise exposure on other health conditions as well as individuals prone to developing noise induced hearing loss (NIHL).

On his part, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Dry Walls Systems, Mr. Adewale Ogungbe, a builder stressed the need for relevant government policies and regulations to be fully enforced to restrict the use of noisy generators, indiscriminate use of siren, vehicle horns and use of loud speakers in public places .

He said there is need to imbibe construction technology and material to restrict noise and use of appropriate acoustic materials for the construction of residential, commercials, hospitals, and buildings to restrict noise interferences.


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