Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Government has warned pastors and business operators in the state against generating noise in public places in the state.
The Special Adviser to Governor Nyesom Wike on Pollution Control, Mr. Nwuke Anucha gave this warning yesterday in Port Harcourt during a pollution control and religious matters meeting with members of Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) Port Harcourt branch.
Anucha worried that the noise produced by sound systems used by churches is causing unrest in the state.
He stated that the noise churches produce in Port Harcourt was alarming, stressing that no responsible government would shy away without taking steps to reduce the menace.
He, however, urged churches to cut down the use of loud speakers with a sound level not above the recommended decibel outside and inside, noting that sounds from churches are causing environmental pollution.
Anucha said: “My lords, you will agree with me that the emission of gaseous substance, the sound level of our electric power generation sets and indeed the noise generated by the use of loud speakers in some of our worship centers in no doubt cause serious disorder to human co-existence.
“It is on this premise of good neighborliness that necessitated this meeting. The public outcry about the noise and air pollution generated by some of our churches is so alarming that no responsible and responsive government will shy away from taking necessary actions.”
Meanwhile, the Rivers Commissioner of Environment, Prof. Roseline Konya said that 60 percent of Nigerians are partially deaf due to noise pollution from generator set, vehicles and loud speakers.