Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, says it is very possible to achieve a noiseless Lagos with the aid of a strategic long-term commitment from all stakeholders.
The VC, who is a Professor of Environmental Law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), made this known on Thursday in his lecture at the 4th Annual Stakeholders Interactive Session on Noise Pollution Control in Lagos state with the theme titled. “Noise Mapping and New Urban Development Plan: The Lagos Experience.”
“A noiseless Lagos is not something that is not achievable; it is, if we are all committed to the strategic plan.
“The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) communiqué of 2016, which projected that by 2020, Lagos state will be a noiseless city through the reduction of noise pollution to the nearest minimum, is unrealizable as 2020 is close. This law must be reviewed and this time, it must be all inclusive,” he stated.
Fagbohun said all hands must be on deck to eradicate or reduce noise to a barest minimum in our the society as noise id hazardous, poses threat to well being of human and kills gradually.
“Other effects of noise on human health are emotional disturbance, low productivity at work, decrease in quality of life and life expectancy, while animals, vegetation and property are also not spared,” Fagbohun stated.
According to the VC, a study showed that vehicle horn was used majorly as an instrument by Nigerian drivers for expressing gratitude or gaining attention and it’s also used to alert danger or as music to entertain the driver and his conductor, to vent anger on vehicles ahead that failed to give way, among others.
“This was the rationale of a day without horn in Lagos on October 15, 2014 to eliminate unnecessary horning, which should be reinstituted and sustained. Motorist can actually do without unnecessary horning if we can be patient with ourselves,” the VC stated.
“To significantly decrease noise pollution and move close to levels recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) by 2020, the European Union (EU) adopted the Environmental Noise Directive (END) (2002/49/EC).
“EU member states are, among other obligations, required to conduct a process of noise mapping and preparing action plans for management of noise in five year circle,” the VC added.