Lagos State government has assured operators in the hospitality business of the security of their businesses. It insisted that its recent prohibition on live band music in beer parlours, restaurants, food vendor spots and other related facilities, is not intended to put the lid on the businesses but to check uncontrolled noise pollution and protect the health of the residents.
This assurance was given by state Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, during a-day stakeholders’ summit with club owners, hotels, lounges, and restaurants among others.He said the state had not totally ban live music but would only regulate it in conformity with the law.
Adejare reiterated the government’s commitment to boost tourism and entertainment, saying that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode would not ban live music or make policies that would force them out of business. Speaking on the theme of the summit entitled:
‘Regulating hospitality and allied services in mega city: the role of service providers,’ the General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA, Adebola Shabi, said the summit was put together to re-orientate the club owners, hoteliers and others in the hospitality business on the need to consider health hazard of their business on other residents. Shabi said that sound proof engineers were invited for the summit to help educate the operators. He assured owners that the government was ready to sensitise the operators on what they need to do if they must operate in the state.
“Most of them are not aware of the Environmental Impact Assessment, (EIA), the noise standard, fumigation and a lot of things that they need to do. So, we must assist them to comply with the law. “They must soundproof their premises and because we have soundproof engineers here to educate them on what to do, they must use their activities to disturb others,” said Shabi. Also speaking, Fuji maestro, Adewale Ayuba, who was among the club own-ers, commended the state government, saying most club owners were ignorant of the regulations. “We need education, enlightenment and more sensitisation. There are ways of singing or playing music without generating a noise.
When I get to a level that I know for no reason I don’t need to blast my instrument generating noise. “When music becomes a noise, there is a problem. How can anyone get a good rest when music is blaring? So, it is good to know the decibel requires at various places and different times. When you know this you won’t run afoul of the law,” he said.