Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency has said that it does not in any way discriminate in the discharge of its duties when implementing the Lagos State law on eradication of noise pollution across the State.
This declaration was made by the General Manager of the Agency, Engr. Adebola Shabi while addressing newsmen in his office on Friday
According to Engr Shabi, the essence of government was to serves the interest of the people and the present administration of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode was determined to bequeath a functional and healthy environment to the people, adding that the Lagos State Government desired a clean sustainable environment for all Lagosians.
The General Manager said that LASEPA as the regulator of pollution in the State was empowered to rid the state of any form of pollution, saying that “the agency as the Environment regulator has been monitoring the state environment without fear or favour. The Agency has been enforcing Environmental regulation around the State based on petitions received from the public and there are procedures which the Agency adopts in carrying out its operation”.
According to him, “Upon receipt of any petition, the Agency sends out its inspection team to ascertain the true state of things. On identifying any Environmental infraction, the Agency summons the parties involved to a mediation meeting, where memoranda of understanding are usually written for abatement of the environmental nuisance by the concerned parties. It is after such agreements were seen to be violated by any party that the Agency enforces compliance, by shutting down the defaulter” he said.
Engr Shabi, emphasized that the Agency was not biased in its operations and that at no time had the Administration of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode directed the Agency to go after any particular religion or faith, as the Governor is a Governor for all Lagosians and this is evident in his developmental projects which are being spread across the State, for the benefit of people in all walks of life, irrespective of tribe, religion or class.
He maintained that the number of Churches, Mosques, Companies and organizations being shut by LASEPA for environmental offences were all based on petition received from the public regardless of the faith or belief such petition fall into.
Engr Shabi enjoined all Lagosians to co-operate with the Agency and the Government to ensure that they do not in any way contribute to this menace of Noise and Air pollution as the Agency will not hesitate to go after offenders whenever petitions are raised by members of the public.