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CJRBE: VOL. 10 NO. 1, JUNE 2022

Noise Pollution from Assembly Buildings in Uyo, Nigeria: Case Study of Church Buildings

July 5, 2022


Church buildings, classified under assembly buildings, are places of regularly visits, mainly for spiritual purposes. But, when church activities give rise to intrusive sounds, such sounds often translate into noise pollution. This study, thus, aimed at assessing levels of noise pollution from churches within Uyo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. The study adopted an experimental design that involved the use of a Sound Level Meter to measure sounds from selected churches and assessment of possible incorporation of acoustic materials in the church buildings. The sound produced in the sampled 162 churches were all higher than the recommended 60 dB during the day and 40 dB in the night, for residential areas and the 75 dB during the day and 50 dB in the night, for commercial areas, as contained in Section 34 of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (Establishment) Act 2007, Part 1 - Permissible Noise Levels, 2(2). Also, only six (6) of the 162 sampled churches had acoustic control systems incorporated in the buildings. The Student’s T-test gave a two-tailed p-value of 0.000 which is lower than the alpha value of 0.05, indicating that the sample mean of 110.929 (± 7.8307) statistically differed from the hypothesized mean (85). It is recommended that Governments at all levels should regularly sensitize the public on the noise control provisions and enforce the Act appropriately.