The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) has shut down the popular Quilox Club on Ozumba Mbadwe Street, Victoria Island for noise pollution.
LASEPA General Manager, Dolapo Fasawe said on Sunday in a statement that the club owned by a member of the House of Representatives, Shina Peller was shut down for its failure to comply with directives on organising events and not obtaining a sound control permit.
Fasawe disclosed that the agency received distress calls with video evidence from concerned neighbours to support their claims on alleged environmental nuisances perpetrated by the club.
“To avert a situation like this, we recently held a stakeholders’ parley with the Owners/Chief Executive Officers of night clubs in the State to address the issue of noise pollution, particularly during the festive period. Lagos had earlier increased the decibels to accommodate leisure/hospitality business interests.”
“We, however, urged them to apply for sound control permits before hosting events to enable us to reach out to the host community of the intended programme and further deploy our officials to the venue for proper monitoring and prevention of excessive noise pollution,” said Fasawe.
According to the General Manager, an invitation was extended to Quilox Club, like every other stakeholder, but it was ignored by the management for reasons best known to them.
She noted that “no individual or group is bigger than society”, adding that the agency is still making efforts to ensure that all interests are protected under the law.
Recall that Shina Peller’s Quilox club was previously shut in December 2019 over noise pollution and traffic congestion and in July 2020 for flouting COVID-19 guidelines.