Oyo State Government has described the use of loudspeakers for night services and early hours of the day by various religious bodies in the State as noise pollution which often hinders the healthy living of the people.
This was revealed in a press chat by the Director General, Bureau of Physical Planning and Development Control, Alh Waheed Gbadamosi, who noted that the Bureau has been inundated with complaints and petitions from communities and individuals in the State asking for their intervention on the matter.
Alh Gbadamosi added that warnings have been issued out earlier to all religious bodies in the State to regulate the use of their loudspeakers especially for night services, so as not to affect their neighbourhood because noise pollution is hazardous to human health once it exceeds the limit the body can accommodate.
Furthermore, Alh Gbadamosi said that using loudspeakers at night often deprive people of sound sleep after a hard day’s job and students in such environment cannot study well, thus depriving them of their right to a quiet and peaceful environment.
Alh Gbadamosi therefore called on all religious bodies to appeal to their members to desist from this unhealthy behaviour as it is negatively affecting the complainants, most of whom are hypertensive.
He stressed that the use of loudspeakers for night services has been limited to 10pm, any religious outfit that flouts this directive will be punishable with a heavy fine, closure or both.