Nigeria: Lagos govt seals churches, mosques over environmental pollution
London, Nov. 18, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency has closed eight places of worship in different parts of the state over persistent environmental pollution and disruption of peaceful co-existence of the residents.
The mosques and churches are located at No. 68 Old Otta Road, Orile-Agege; No. 4 Ademola Oshinowo Street, off Love All Street, Ketu; Dele Amuda Street, Lekki; No. 17 Ajileye Street, Ilaje, Bariga; No. 39, Kusenla Road, Elegunshi; and Ajayi Bembe Street, Abule Oja, Yaba.
The General Manager, LASEPA, Dolapo Fasawe, who noted that the clampdown was to mark the World Tolerance Day, said the mutual respect of views, cultures and religions, which the celebration symbolised across the world, must be adhered to by all residents of the state, especially religious organisations.
Fasawe added that there would not be any hiding place for any religious organisation that would not operate within the ambit of the law, regardless of the inclination, noting that religious organisations were supposed to be the bastion of good conduct, tolerance, brotherliness and godly neighbourliness.
“The state government recognises the fact that the state thrives on peaceful co-existence among practitioners of the major religions across the state, but of great concern to the state government is the need for religious activities to be conducted in a manner that worshippers and citizens will not infringe on each others’ rights,” she said.
Fasawe assured residents of the state that all recalcitrant organisations and worship centres known for disturbance would face the full wrath of the law, adding that owners of all unauthorised and illegally converted residential properties to places of worship without recourse to the well-being of other residents would also be made to face the law.
She, however, added that the owners of the sealed facilities would have to reach an agreement of compliance with the agency and also satisfy other conditions prescribed by LASEPA before their facilities would be reopened, noting that any owner, who open the shut facilities without the agency’s permission, would face the law.