I am a Christian but I support this fully, especially when you consider the fact that you can’t walk a mile in any neighborhood in Abuja without coming across a church or two. Many are located in residential areas. Usually a congregant’s home-turned-place-of-worship. As a result, these buildings are not designed to contain the noise some churches insist on making during worship and to make matters worse, bull horns are frequently mounted outside and put on full blast as the church makes you a part of their service even if you are safely ensconced in your house with all doors and windows shut! Mid week services are held on Wednesday with mics on full blast never minding that neighbours are trying to get some rest ahead of the next day’s work. Sorry but I am all for it. Any church that must operate within residential areas MUST be compelled to do something about the noise pollution. Either build a sound proof church, or cut out the drums, cymbals, trumpets etc seriously. Then you also have the Muslim calls to prayer in the AMs. Mercifully that takes just about 5 minutes each time so you learn to live with. Plus it sort of helps to get one up in the mornings.
I really wish the FTC administration would take a cue from the Lagos example and do the same thing in Abuja so people can have a little peace!
The churches are the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Ministry; Bible Church, FESTAC; the Chapter of Christ Church, Oregun; Assemblies of God Church, Ikeja; Golden Gate Church, Ifako-Ijaiye and Seek and Save Ministry, Abule Egba.
The closure of the churches is coming after pre-sanction notices were given to the churches to abate the noise pollution emanating from their worship centres.
General Manager, LASEPA, Engr. Rasheed Shabi said the closure of the churches became imperative after several abatement notices issued to them were disregarded.
According to him, some of the churches even rebuffed meetings called by the agency on how to resolve the issue.
Shabi who pointed out that the state government was determined to reduce noise pollution in the state because of the anomalies and diseases related to it, enjoined worship centres in the state to comply with the state’s standard on noise, while suggesting the use of sound proof equipment by churches to reduce noise during their worship services
Culled from http://www.channelstv.com