Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) has urged citizens to ensure a noiseless environment.
LASEPA’s General Manager, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe while speaking at the webinar organised to mark 2021 International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) said “one can go deaf if exposed noise.”
This year’s INAD theme is “Protect your Hearing; Protect Your Health.”
Fasawe said the theme was strategically chosen to address the negative impact of noise on hearing, health and quality of life.
She therefore urged citizens to join hands with LASEPA to achieve a noiseless Lagos, a smart city that is serene and calm.
The LASEPA GM added that the agency will henceforth ensure that entertainment buildings, events centres and religious buildings are sound proof before government’s approval.
Fasawe, however, said environmental impact will be conducted on the existing ones.
One of the participants on the webinar, Kemi Remi-Dairo stated that treating ear problems is expensive, adding that there are very few ear surgeons in Nigeria.
Another participant, Jide Kosoko attributed the noise in Lagos to the inability of government to control the numbers of people entering the state.
A sound engineer, Wale Ogungbe while speaking on the occasion urged the state government to increase the level of sensitisation, not leaving out the grassroots.
The webinar was also graced by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Environmental, Belinda Odeneye, religious leaders, amongst others.
INAD is an annual event which was founded by the Centre for Hearing and Communication (CHC) in 1996, to raise awareness and encourage people to take action about bothersome noise in their environment.