The Oyo State Government has sealed a new generation church at Golden Estate, Oluyole, Ibadan, the state capitalThe state government said the church was sealed over noise pollution.
It noted that the action was taken against a branch of Christ Life Church in the area, after several unresolved steps taken by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to mediate among the complainants, residents and the church management.
Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Architect Abdulmojeed Mogbonjubola, said this on Friday.
He added that the state government was left with no other option but to seal the church premises to avert preventable escalations of brewing tensions between the residents and the church on Sunday.
He said that officials of the Ministry on receipt of several complaints from next door residents to the church, over the incessant noise, through official letters and phone calls, visited the area, on Thursday 9th November, 2023.
He maintained that the team recorded the sound level of the church activities at intervals, starting from praise and worship, with the average reading of 74 decibels.
He declared that the action of the church contravened the Extant Environmental Regulations of 2023, Section 58, Paragraph (b) which states that the noise limits for residential areas at daytime must not exceed 65 decibels.
He emphasized that a resolution meeting was held with the parties in the ministry’s conference room on 29th November 2023, where the church refused to sign the undertaking letter, with the excuse to get approval from its headquarters and report back on Monday 4th December, 2023.
He insisted that the state government decided to seal the church due to the continued disobedience to the regulations.