As Lagos State joined different international locations of the world to commemorate the 2019 United Nations International Day of Tolerance, the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, (LASEPA) launched into a clampdown of some spiritual shops comprising of mosques and church buildings throughout totally different areas of the State for inflicting noise air pollution and disruption of peace inside their neighborhood.
Following the clampdown train of those spiritual shops by LASEPA, the General Manager of the Agency, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe mentioned there isn’t any hiding place for any spiritual organisation that can’t function inside the ambit of the legislation, no matter their religion inclinations.
She mentioned that mutual respect of views, tradition and faith, which the annual Tolerance Day celebration symbolises internationally, should be adhered to by all residents of the State, notably spiritual organisations that should be the bastion of fine conduct, tolerance, brotherliness and godly neighbourliness.
Fasawe assured residents that LASEPA won’t relaxation on its oars in bequeathing a noiseless metropolis to all inhabitants of the State, stressing that these recalcitrant organisations or worship centres, identified to be disturbing the peace of Lagosians, will face the total wrath of the legislation.
She maintained that the federal government won’t condone infringements on the rights of different residents of the State within the identify of spiritual actions.
Recalling the inundating petitions and outcry from residents of the State over the insensitivity and intolerance of some spiritual shops in several areas, the LASEPA boss regrettably famous that a number of warnings issued to the administration of those church buildings and mosques had not yielded the anticipated consequence.
“The government recognises that the State thrives on peaceful co-existence among practitioners of the major religions across the State, but of great concern to the State Government is the need for religious activities to be conducted in a manner that worshippers and citizens would not infringe on each other’s rights”, the General Manager reiterated.
According to the LASEPA GM, the unlawful and unauthorised conversion of residential property for spiritual use with out recourse to the wellbeing of different residents and the State of the atmosphere is of nice concern to the current administration.
Speaking additional, on the sealed worship centres, Dr. Fasawe defined that for the amenities to reopen, the leaders of those organisations should attain an settlement of compliance with the Agency and likewise fulfill different needed situations as could also be prescribed by LASEPA.
The General Manager, nonetheless, warned possession and administration of any sealed property to desist from unsealing similar with out authorities approval to keep away from extreme sanctions.
Some of the amenities sealed are situated at 68, Old Otta Rd, Orile Agege; 4, Ademola Oshinowo, Off Loveall Street, Ketu; Dele Amuda Street, Lekki;17, Ajileye Street, Ilaje Bariga; 39, Kusenla Road, Elegushi; Ajayi Bembe Street, Abule Oja, Yaba, amongst others
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