Oyo State government has issued two-week ultimatum to places of worship including churches and mosques and owners of clubs, bars and restaurants to remove their external speakers.
Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Chief Isaac Ishola who issued this ultimatum on Tuesday during a inter-ministerial press briefing also disclosed that no fewer than 372 environmental offenders have been prosecuted in the last one year.
Ishola flanked with his Information, Culture and Tourism counterpart and other aides of the governor said the ultimatum became necessary due to complaints and distress calls by residents of the state over noise pollution.
He said that it has been observed that most of the complaints on noise pollution are from places of worship, as he warned that people should not use their religious activities to disturb others.
“We are giving churches and mosques with externals speakers two weeks to remove them. They have been given 2 weeks to remove them.
“You don’t use religion to disturb others. I am a christian, if I can do that for christian…
“Our laws doe not permit that.
He, however, said that his ministry has arrested and prosecuted no fewer than 372 environmental offenders in the last one year.
“The ministry has two mobile courts that sit during the day, we have arranged that magistrate courts should also try environmental offenders.
Ishola while speaking further declared that traders at the Temidire plank market were asked to vacate the premises for another location solely for environmental hazard, noise pollution, lack of drainage and its closeness to the main road.
“The Temidire Planks market, sawmills suppose to be at the outskirts of the town. You are aware of Temidire market, it was closed due to some reasons. Firstly environmental hazard, then noise pollution, thirdly, there is no drainage in the market, if there is heavy rain, the place will be flooded and fortly, the market is very close to the road”.