Community Groans Under Noise Pollution


Residents of Mission Street, off Omila Road, Onireke Community, opposite Ojo Barracks along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, have been complaining over the disturbance occasioned by large speakers mounted by a church on their street, and all appeals to the church has met a brick wall.

The church, Assemblies of God Freedom Centre located at 18 Mission street, is one of the many churches on the street, but their speakers are the loudest.

Chairman of the landlord/tenants association of the street, Alhaji Ganiu Atitebi, said they had written a letter to the church towards the end of last year to reduce the noise of their loud speakers but they did not comply, though they promised that it will be reduced when they finished building their church, which is over six months ago.

“There are many other churches on the street, and we wrote to them all to reduce the volume of their speakers. All of them complied, except the Assemblies Church of God Freedom Centre.

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Also speaking on the issue, the landlord association’s Secretary, retired Warrant Officer Onoje, corroborated the story. Residents that spoke with P.M.NEWS on the issue also confirmed the loud noise emanating from the church.

P.M.NEWS tried to speak with the pastor in charge of the church but he could not be reached as a woman in the church premises refused to say a word.

The church has programmes every day of the week including vigils. The residents have called on Lagos State government to save them from the noise before they go deaf.

—Debo Adejayan

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