Are you tired of noise polluting plants, generators or institutes depriving you of sleep? Here is how to report noise pollution in Lagos Nigeria.
Noise pollution (also known as sound pollution or environmental population) is constant exposure to elevated sound levels that may lead to adverse effects in humans or other living organisms.
Noise pollution can be very disturbing especially in this part of the world where people think they can wake up one morning to start blasting away all in the name of ‘they can get away with anything’.
Lagos, as we all know, is the most populous and busiest state in Nigeria. We constantly live with noise from vehicles when going to work in the morning, noise from manufacturing industries, religious organisations, shop owners, generators and more. In fact, noise is a member of our family in Nigeria! *Smiles*.
There are dangers associated with noise pollution and these dangers could be life-threatening when not put in check.
Here are some of the harmful effect of noise pollution (source):
- It interferes with speech. In the presence of noise, we may not able to follow what the other person is saying.
- Noise leads to emotional and behavioural stress. A person may feel disturbed in the presence of loud noise. For example, noises produced by the beating of drums.
- Noise may permanently damage hearing. A sudden loud noise can cause severe damage to the eardrum.
- Noise increases the chances of occurrence of diseases such as headache, blood pressure, heart failure, etc.
- Noise leads to an increased heartbeat, constriction of blood vessels and dilation of the pupil.
- Noise is a problem especially for patients who need rest.
- Noise may cause damage to the liver, brain and heart.
- You suffer from sleeping disorders. Loud noise can certainly hamper your sleeping pattern and may lead to irritation and uncomfortable situations.
This article would tackle the issue of noise pollution from churches, mosques, schools, factories, generators and other noise polluting plants.
For those who don’t know, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) was established to bequeath a functional and healthy environment for the people, adding that the Lagos State Government desired a clean sustainable environment for all Lagosians.
In 2017, the General Manager said that LASEPA as the regulator of pollution in the State was empowered to rid the state of any form of pollution, saying that “the agency as the Environment regulator has been monitoring the state environment without fear or favour. The Agency has been enforcing Environmental regulation around the State based on petitions received from the public and there are procedures which the Agency adopts in carrying out its operation”.
In this post on Naijaknowhow.net, we would walk you through the step by step procedure on how to properly report noise pollution in Lagos, Nigeria via LASEPA.
Without further ado, let’s delve right into it.
Procedures on how to report noise or sound pollution in Lagos
Step 1: Visit LASEPA website
To get started, you have to click here to visit the official Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) website if you’re serious about reporting sound pollution in Lagos.
Step 2: Go to Contact Us page
Navigate to the top right corner of their website (Navigation Menu) then click the “Contact Us” button.
Step 3: Select the Report A Problem option
Once you’re on their Contact Us page, scroll down a little and you’ll find the big green Report A Problem button on the right sidebar of the site. Go ahead and click that.
Step 4: Fill in details and report the case
After selecting the Report A Problem button in step 3, you should get a pop that takes you to a page where you can fill in necessary information such as your name, telephone number, email address, and details of your complaints.
Please when filling this form, make sure that you give them everything they need to carry out a proper investigation.
Step 5: Investigation and compliance
Upon receipt of any petition, the Agency sends out its inspection team to find out the true state of things.
On identifying any Environmental infraction, the Agency summons the parties involved to a mediation meeting, where memoranda of understanding are usually written for abatement of the environmental nuisance by the concerned parties.
It is after such agreements were seen to be violated by any party that the Agency enforces compliance, by shutting down the defaulter”.
Here are success stories on social media of LASEPA punishing defaulters.
God bless you.
In my neighborhood it was a school which was not meant to be there. Every morning with the bull horn. Kai. I don’t know who eventually reported them but God knows I contemplated it more than once.
— Dee Mom (@SweetMOMdee) May 5, 2019
However should incase you need to reach out to them in person or contact them via mobile phone, then here is the contact address below:
LASEPA contact address and telephone
- HEAD OFFICE: LASEPA Building, Governor’s Road, The Secretariat, Alausa, Lagos State.
- ZONAL OFFICE: Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria.
- PHONE: +234-704-635-1295, +234-815-045-8639, +234-815-045-8638
- EMAIL: [email protected]