LAGOS – Lagos state government on Sunday shut eight worship centres across the state for contravening environmental pollution regulations.
General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Dolapo Fasawe, said the facilities were closed down to save the people from a health crisis that might arise from the activities of the centres.
The affected facilities are located at 68, Old Ota Road, Orile Agege; 4, Ademola Oshinowo Street, Off Love Street, Ketu; 1, Dele Amuda Street, Lekki; 17, Ajileye Street, Ilaje Bariga; 39, Kusenla Road, Elegushi and Ajayi Bembe Street Abule Oja, Yaba, among others.
The LASEPA boss, who led the operation, vowed that there would be no hiding place for any religious organisation which failed to operate within the ambit of the law, regardless of their faith.
This was just as she enjoined that the mutual respect of views, culture and religion, which the annual tolerance day celebration symbolised, must be adhered to by all residents to foster peace.
Fasawe, while noting that religious organisations were supposed to demonstrate good conduct, tolerance, brotherliness and good neighbourliness, lamented that the conduct of some overzealous churches and mosques had caused frictions in the society.
She, however, assured residents of the state that LASEPA would not rest on its oars in bequeathing a good ambience to all inhabitants, warning that recalcitrant organisations or worship centres, known to be disturbing the peace of Lagos residents, would face the full wrath of the law.