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Noise pollution: AEPB warns residents, to sanction offenders

By Sarah NEGEDU

The Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, has warned residents against noise pollution, as it has threatened to sanction violators.

Director of the board, Alhaji Kaka Ali, in a statement said that the notice was particularly to owners and operators of event centres, parks, gardens and other such facilities within the FCC.

The statement signed by the deputy director, information and communications, Mrs Janet Pen, warned members of the public against violating the directive.

AEPB in an abatement notice on noise pollution, explained that the notice was informed by the alarming rate of noise pollution emanating from such quarters and unending complaints received from residents within the areas.

“We have been inundated with complaints of indiscriminate noise pollution from event centres, parks, gardens and other facilities in the last one year. We can no longer tolerate it.

“We are stating in very strong terms that the nuisance of noise pollution contravenes both national regulations on acceptable noise levels, and the provisions of AEPB Act, which prohibits any noise that disturbs the neighbourhood.

“This is not the first time we are issuing such notice to the public, but it appears that some people have formed a habit of ignoring them,” he lamented.

Furthermore, the AEPB director revealed that the board had sensitised those identified to be involved in raising the noise level beyond the minimum standard in the past.

According to him, “this is why we are issuing this final notice to them as a warning that subsequent contravention will attract stiff penalty in accordance to extant law.

“Section 21 of AEPB Act 10 of 1997, states that any person who operates a grinding machine other than in area designated for that purpose or plays music in a manner which constitutes nuisance to neighbours is causing noise pollution.

“Also, anyone who makes noise through the use of external bells, loudspeakers or produces smoke to a level dangerous to human health is guilty of an offence.

“So, such person is liable on conviction to make payment of a fine, imprisonment or a combination of both as the case may be.”

Ali added that there was a minimum decibel set for residential areas by National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency.

He explained that noise pollution posed serious health risks, particularly to those who are sick, recuperating at home or elderly and infant populations, adding that the board had received complaints from people who had developed high blood pressure and migraine as a result of noise pollution from their neighbours.

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