The Lagos State Government yesterday unveiled an action plan, which it said would make it mandatory for drivers and motorists across the state to desist from the use of horns and other related devices on October 15 annually.
The state government added that the plan became imperative because of the number of text messages, which it said thousands of Lagos residents had been sending to him on the challenge of noise pollution.
The state Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, stated this at the Lagos drivers’ appreciation day, a programme organised by the state Ministry of Transportation to sensitise drivers on the horn-free day at Alausa yesterday.
The governor, who unveiled the horn-free day alongside the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefilure and the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa among others, said a concerted action “is required to reduce noise pollution in the metropolis and suburbs.”
Fashola, who honoured 25 drivers for obeying the traffic regulations, said the volume of noise resulting from the hustle and bustle in the state “is a self-inflicted horrible condition residents have chosen to be in. Things can be better if only citizen can amend their ways of living.
“What you see is the way we now chose to live. It is because we choose to live in a very noisy environment which could be changed for better. We also tend to be noisy ourselves. So, we speak at the top of our voices, we play music at a very high volume. We do so many things at a very high noise level.”
He, however, lamented the number of text messages from citizens on daily basis, which he said, explained part of the reasons the state government had “to come out with anti-noise pollution action plan.
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