by Isi Esene
Making noise may soon be a punishable offence if information out of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) is anything to go by.
The Agency, through its Coordinator, Olanrewaju Anjorin, disclosed that making noise will be punishable by imprisonment or fine, or both.
The gazette made available to the press outlaws noise making by individuals or groups or a corporate body.
The regulation makes provisions for ‘permissible noise levels, noise in excess of permissible levels, duty to control noise by place and time and noise control zones’ among others.
According to Anjorin, “Noise-making is just one of the numerous environmental conditions which are considered as public disturbance and therefore, the agency has zero tolerance for it.”
He added that the owner of any item seized or impounded will bear the cost incurred.
“The agency may seize, impound, confiscate or prohibit the use of any property… which is likely to, or has caused the emission of excessive noise… if it will restore the permissible noise level in the area.
“The owner of any item seized, impounded or confiscated under these regulations shall be responsible for the costs incurred,” stated the regulation.
According to the law, “Any person who contravenes any requirement or condition of a permit commits an offence and shall be liable to a fine of five thousand naira for everyday the offence subsists.
“On conviction, the person may be liable to a fine not exceeding N50,000 or face imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or both.
“Where an offence is committed by a body corporate, it shall on conviction be liable to a fine of N500, 000 and additional fine of N10, 000 for everyday the offence subsists,” it added.
We hope our religious organisations are aware of this regulation.