n African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development - Assessing the government's initiatives to control noise pollution in Nigeria : research note

Volume 4, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 2042-1338
  • E-ISSN: 2042-1346
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Noise pollution is so endemic in Nigeria that living in many parts of the country can really be a nightmare: On many streets and pathways, hawkers scream at the top of their voices as they compete for customers. Also, as Nigeria literally operates what could be called a 'generator economy' given the pervasive power blackout or epileptic electricity supply in the country, the cacophony of noise from these machines could really be deafening as businesses and households of all sizes try to generate their own electricity. Additionally, as a country that prides itself in being 'deeply religious', churches and mosques on several streets and pathways often have loud speakers mounted outside their buildings, which are usually turned to their loudest volume as they preach the word of God or Allah or call the faithful to prayers. Also, it is considered hip for cars and other vehicles to play their music as loud as the speakers in their vehicles could permit. Furthermore in open marketplaces and shops that dot most streets in the country, it is acceptable for CD music sellers and others to play their music as loud as the speakers in their music sets could allow. The combination of all these is that Nigeria often appears to be a big bunch of bedlam.

The article examines the issue of noise pollution in Nigeria and its health implications. It also examines the government's proposed guideline for combating the menace.

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