FCTA moves to enforce noise pollution law against hotels, nightclubs and bars – Blueprint Newspapers Limited
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has announced that it will soon begin enforcing the law against noise pollution from hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and bars, carrying out night patrols to ensure that the laws are respected.
Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) Coordinator, Tpl Umar Shuaibu, who made this known on Thursday during a meeting with owners of nightclubs, restaurants and bars, told the owners that if they operate by the rules, they have nothing to be afraid of.
The coordinator explained that they were not there to victimize anyone, but their interest was to safeguard sanity, safety, security and everyone has rights, so they must protect rights from everyone.
“You have the right in this town, but your right ends where someone’s right is violated. It is factual. We are to be our neighbours’ keepers and helpers, not become a nuisance to our neighbours.
“Even if you are operating a restaurant and not a nightclub but the activities are a nuisance to others then it is a violation of FCT law. use the land in the way residents need it.
“Where schools, hotels, markets and other things need to be in Abuja, they have been planned this way so that they are in the appropriate places. Our concern is how hotels and nightclubs operate without disturbing others.
“We must respect our rights. If you know that you are disturbing your neighbors and you do nothing about it, tomorrow you will also be disturbed. We must ensure that the rights of our neighbors are guaranteed. Security issues are very important in Nigeria right now,” he said.
Furthermore, Development Control Director Muktar Galadima stressed that people must abide by the Abuja Master Plan and Standard, saying that the rules and regulations guiding development in the FCT are sacrosanct.
“We are building this city, not for ourselves but for future generations. We have recognized the fact that you are part of the development of the city, but your development must not be at the expense of the population. If one of your clubs fails, we’ll seal the spot.
“Noise pollution is a crime. The law states that anyone who plays music and it constitutes noise to others is an offence. We want investors in the city, but your business must be done in a way that is not a nuisance to others.
“Being in business should be in a defined place for such purposes, not for anyone to go and secure residential property and turn it into nightclubs or hotels. This is unacceptable,” he said.
Ikharo Attah, the Senior Special Assistant for Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the FCT Minister, has warned restaurant and bar operators to resist the temptation to block the roads on which they operate , to avoid being looped.
“Especially in Wuse 2, people who frequent restaurants and clubs always block the roads with their vehicles and make the road inaccessible. It is not good and it is unacceptable,” he said.