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Experts urge Lagos government to mitigate flooding

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Lagos State government has been urged to lessen the impact of floods on lives and properties, by protecting, wetlands, threatened by human activities.
 
Speaking during a bus tour by ‘Rethinking Cities’, a non-governmental organisation, Chief Executive Officer, Landscape Architectural Company, Mr. Gbogboade Seun, warned that if government doesn’t want to spend heavily on flooding in future, it needs to conserve the vast wetland in Lagos, which would reduce flooding and impact biodiversity survival. Seun kicked against government using parts of wetlands to solve housing crisis, stressing it could worsen flood situation.

He observed that despite the fact that the Ministry of the Environment has mounted a signboard on a wetland at Anthony, Lagos, it still hasn’t prevented people from building houses on it.

Project Officer, Arctic Infrastructures, Ayotunde Akomolafe, asked government to pay attention to flood prone locations, noting that the proximity of a newly reclaimed ‘Unnamed Island’ near Osborne to the lagoon, low-lying terrain and external physical development infractions have seen the estate decimated by flood over the years.

 


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