The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) is set to shut down night clubs and other public places in the state for flouting the state Public Smoking Law.
Few years ago, the state House of Assembly passed a law banning smoking in public places such as schools, night clubs, markets, event centres, campuses, government ministries and agencies and hotels.
According to the law, such institutions should in the alternative provide a designated smoking area while public places with no such provisions should put a ‘no smoking’ sign on their entrance.
According to the General Manager of LASEPA, Engineer Adebola Shabi, many public places especially night clubs have failed to adhere to the law.
Thus, in the last few weeks, the agency have been meeting with various night club owners in Surulere, Ikeja and Eti Osa local government areas of the state sensitizing them on the need to obey the law.
The three local governments served as the take off point for the agency in its efforts to ensure strict compliance with the law.
However, despite the awareness and sensitization, clubs especially those in Surulere are still disobeying the law.
“I visited 10 clubs in Surulere on Friday and none was complying with the law,” Shabi told thegazellenews.com on Saturday, 30th January, 2016.
He therefore vowed that those found disobeying the law will be shut down to serve as deterent to others.
The LASEPA GM told this medium that the African Shrine is cooperating with the agency noting that authorities of the Shrine have given order to their security guards and bouncers to throw out smokers from the club.