The Lagos state Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) has sealed off a hotel belonging to former Super Eagles skipper, Kanu Nwankwo.
The hotel named Hardley Apartments, located on high brow Victoria Island, was among other hotels, churches and mosques sealed across the mega city on Monday over allegations of noise and air pollution.
Punch reported that, 30 facilities were shut in areas, including Ketu, Ikorodu, Ibeju-Lekki, Victoria Island and Surulere.
LASEPA alleged that the owners had been contacted several times in the last one year, but they refused to address the issues raised by the agency.
Other places also sealed include Olorunkemi Mosque, Ketu; the Rain of Power and Miracles Ministry Church, Lekki; Christ Apostolic Church, Lekki; Duckland Hotels and Suites, Ikorodu; and Mela Rossa Club, Victoria Island.
Kanu’s hotel was sealed because the generators powering the hotel had large exhaust pipes facing the road. The doors and gates of the hotel were chained and plastered with the LASEPA seal.
At a press briefing in Ikeja much later, LASEPA General Manager, Rasheed Shabi said, “The environment belongs to every one of us. Lagosians need to live in peace. A survey was carried out by an international organisation and it was discovered that 60 per cent of Nigerians have hearing problem.
“LASEPA, in the last two to three years, has been conducting surveys on religious houses, and our findings revealed that 95 per cent of them do not have approval to operate in Lagos.
“Most houses and club houses do not have fiscal planning approval. Before you can build any hotel anywhere in the world, there must be an environmental impact assessment.
“Most of the markets we have in Lagos State; we have people using trucks to sell their products with speakers to disturb the peace of Lagosians. Soon, we will tow as many trucks as possible to get them off the streets.”
“After today, the enforcement unit will go round. Anybody that breaks the seal has violated the Lagos State law. We will then involve the Ministry of Justice.”