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Why govt sealed Oyo church, Commissioner reveals

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A branch of Christ Life Church in Golden Estate, Oluyole, in the Ibadan South-West Local Government Area of the state, was on Friday sealed by the State Government.

Abdulmojeed Mogbonjubola, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, who made this known in Ibadan, said the action became necessary after the ministry took several unresolved steps to broker among the complainants, residents, and the church’s management.

The Commissioner 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.”

Mogbonjubola stressed that the ministry’s officials received several complaints about the church from community residents over incessant noise through official letters and phone calls and visited the area on Thursday, November 9, 2023.

“The team recorded the sound level of the church activities at intervals, starting from praise and worship, with an average reading of 74 decibels.

“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.

“A resolution meeting was held with the parties in the ministry’s conference room on November 29, 2023, where the church refused to sign the undertaking letter, with the excuse to get approval from its headquarters and report back on Monday, December 4, 2023. The state government decided to seal the church due to the continued disobedience to the regulations,” he said.

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