Bounce Exclusive: Making Noise In Lagos Now Attracts 500,000 Naira
Did you know that Lagos state has a standard for measuring sounds made across the city?
50 decibels during the day and 45 decibels at night. Any excess attracts a fine of 500,000 Naira.
Let me explain in clear terms to you. 50 decibels is the level of noise recorded during a quiet conversation at home, while 45 Decibels is the level of bird calls.
The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) has begun to enforce this law.
The usual suspects- churches, mosques, bars and beer parlours - have been warned. Lower the volume.
"We attend to about 4 complaints every day from different parts of the state, it is important we investigate because some people report their neighbors out of spite, we don’t just shut down a place without checking first" revealed a government official.
Once a complaint is received agents from LASEPA swing into action, first they survey the venue where the noise is coming from, then they use a noise meter to measure the level of being produced.
If it's above stipulated regulations, the place is sealed off by LASEPA and the establishment remains closed until the sound is reduced.
Live music and loudspeakers from churches and bars could be as high as 115 decibels and 120 Decibels.
This is close to the upper limit of human tolerance to sound at 150 decibels, which is considered as noise pollution.