Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
The Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) has warned violators of Federal Capital Territory’s Law against noise pollution to desist from the menace henceforth, or risk prosecution.
AEPB expressed serious concern that due to high level of noise, residents are exposed to increase in stress levels, high blood pressure, sleeplessness, long term adverse effects on hearing, increased irritability and decreased productivity in the work place.
According to the Board, the riot act was sequel to a spate of complaints by residents and concerned stakeholders within the nation’s capital city.
This was disclosed yesterday, in a statement signed by its Head of Information and Outreach Program Unit, Muktar Ibrahim, and made available to the PeoplesDaily.
The statement reads: “The Law prohibits noise level above 75 decibels for day time and 50 decibels for night time for commercial areas; and 60 decibels for day time and 40 decibels for night time in residential areas.
“This means noise generated should not go beyond its immediate environment but it has come to the notice of AEPB that these laws are observed in the breach.”
It adds that: “Operators of Nightclubs and social relaxation gardens in Abuja are therefore warned that the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) would bring the full weight of the law to bear on noise pollutants in the Territory.
“The AEPB therefore warns that violators of noise pollution laws in the CTA risk prosecution.”