How To Prevent Further Flooding In Lagos
The great flood that followed a torrential rain fall in Lagos last weekend came as a surprise to most Lagosians.
Nothing like it has happened in the city over the last 10 years.
The flood waters left Lagos Island, Lekki, Victoria Island, Ajah and Ikoyi heavily inundated.
On Monday, experts on urban planning and engineering spoke on how to forestall further flooding in the Mega City.
A former Surveyor-General of the Federation, Prof. Peter Nwilo shared his opinion with newsmen in Lagos.
Nwilo asked the Lagos State Government to stop construction and sand filling works around Lagoon and its waterfronts.
"I do not think the water level of the Lagoon has risen like this before in the state. Look around you, Lagos Lagoon and all waterfronts in the state are being sand-filled for development of estates.
“This is being done without proper Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on consequences of such development on the environment.
“The natural canal is being blocked all round the state and when this happens, the water stays with us and that is the flooding we are experiencing,” he said.
According to him, “We will work on the other causes of the flooding later and that is when we can proffer sustainable solutions to what is happening now.
“But for now, sand filing of Lagos Lagoon and waterfronts should stop.’’