Oyo Government Bans Church from Worshipping Over Noise Pollution

Oyo Government Bans Church from Worshipping Over Noise Pollution
Oyo State Government Banned Church
The Authority of Oyo State Government, under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde, has sealed a new generation church located at the Golden Estate, Oluyole, Ibadan, the Capita city of Oyo State over noise pollution.

The Oluyole branch of the New Generation Church, Christ Life Church, was sealed by the state Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, on Thursday, February 1, 2024, following failure to resolve the dispute between the church management and residents of the estate who have tendered several complaints of noise pollution from the Church.

Speaking on the development, the Oyo State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Architect Abdulmojeed Mogbonjubola, said, "The State Government was left with no other options, but to seal the church premises to avert preventable escalations of brewing tensions between the residents and the church on Sunday."

Hon. Mogbonjubola revealed that following the reception of several complaints of noise pollution from the neighboring households around the church, a team from the Ministry visited the Church on Thursday, November 9th, 2023, and the report generated showed that the church caused nuisance in the estate.

He said, "The team recorded the sound level of the church activities at intervals, starting from praise-worship, with the average reading of Seventy-four (74) DB (daytime), contravening the Extant Environmental Regulations of 2023, Section 58, Paragraph (b) which states that the noise limits for residential areas at daytime must not exceed 65DB.

After the failure of the state government to take action against the noise pollution coming from the Church, residents of the estate shut the entrance gate of the estate to the members of the church which prompted intervention by the State government. Eventually, the church was shut down by the state government to avert a crisis within the estate.

Clarifying the position of the state government, Hon. Mogbonjubola said, "A resolution meeting was held with the parties, in the Ministry’s conference room on 29th November 2023, where the Church refused to sign undertaking letter, with the excuse to get approval from its Headquarters and report back on Monday 4th December 2023.

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