#HornFreeDay mixed feelings (pls read) >

Mixed feelings have continued to trail efforts of the
Lagos State Government to tackle the menace of
noise pollution in the metropolis, whose population
is put at 21 million.
While speaking last Thursday, at the First Lagos
Drivers’ Appreciation Day, a programme organised
by the state‘s Ministry of Transportation, at the
Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry House,
Alausa, Ikeja, to sensitise drivers on the maiden
horn-free day slated for tomorrow, the state
governor, Babatunde Fashola called on residents,
particularly, motorists to desist from activities
capable of generating needless noise in the state,
saying a noiseless society is possible.
At the occasion, where no fewer than 25
distinguished professional drivers were rewarded
for obeying traffic regulations, Fashola had affirmed
that noise pollution can be reduced in the state, if
residents collaborate with government just as they
did in the containment of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD.
As typical of various Lagos metropolis and suburbs
from the Island to the Mainland, such as Apapa,
Ikeja, Alagbado, Iyana-Iba, Alabarago, Okokomaiko,
Ajegunle, Ojuelegba, Mushin, Oshodi, Ikotun, Iyana-
Ipaja, Ojota, Ketu, Mile 12, Mile 2, CMS, Igando
among others, the blaring horns from vehicles,
tricycles and motorcycles is usually so deafening to
behold.
A recent research by the National Research Centre
states that noise levels produced in different
sources at different times of the day are well over
the level set by the Environmental Protection
Agency and that noise pollution do contribute to
many health problems.
Thus, environmental experts put harmful noise level
at 70 decibels and above, while the global standard
for measuring noise puts 90 decibels as rather too
high and harmful to human health.
Against this backdrop, the state government
instituted “a day without horn in the state.”
Tomorrow, it is expected that motorists, especially
commercial bus drivers, sirens from emergency
vehicles such as ambulances, police escorts among
others are expected to limit the use of their vehicle
horn as sparingly as possible.

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