Lagos State Government has concluded plans to begin the registration of churches, mosques and other religious centres in Lagos to ensure sanity in the state. The exercise is billed to commence in January 2020 with the support of all the religious leaders in the state.
The Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, made this known on Tuesday in Alausa, Ikeja, during a Stakeholders Meeting with the Nigeria Inter-religious Council (NIREC).
She said that having a database of all religious bodies in the state would enable ease of reference, as well as ensure effective communication.
“We need to know our number, then we can know what we need, we can know where we belong, we can know what we are doing.
“So, we are coming up with the registration forms and we need your cooperation as religious bodies that represent us at the local government level.
“We will ensure that we have it on a platform that will be automated, then you can do it anywhere, it is not compulsory that you come to Alausa for the registration,” the commissioner said.
She said that once the platform was ready, religious bodies would be trained on how to use it for registration and at no cost.
Akinbile-Yussuf explained that the purpose was to have easy access to Churches and Mosques in order for them to benefit from government programmes.
She said that the Ministry of Home Affairs would collaborate with the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources through the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), to eradicate noise pollution emanating from places of worship.
The official noted that Lagos could only be a 21st Century economy if there was a good environment devoid of noise pollution.
“We want to charge NIREC officials to ensure that they promote good environment by addressing all complaints by communities over noise pollution,” she said.