Urban degeneration: How erosion, flood threaten lives, property in Lagos Island, NGO raises alarm

Source(s): Vanguard Media Limited

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Attention of the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has been drawn to the imminent flood and erosion that threaten lives and property of residents in Lagos Island, particularly, Adeniji-Adele Estate and environs, following the persistent rainfall in Lagos.


According to Deji Akinpelu [co-founder of the NGO '“Rethinking Cities”], flood resilience and inclusiveness have to be the main drivers for a sustainable development of the city. The implementing agencies, Lagos State Gardens and Park Agency, LASPARK and LASURA, have to play a more prominent role in achieving developmental goals in future.


“The Lagos Drainage Master Plan 2015 adequately took cognizance of necessary factors such as area topography, tidal variations and climate change, among other variables, to ensure that the city of Lagos – including Lagos Island and Adeniji-Adele – is flood-resilient.” [Said Ayotunde Akomolage, Project Officer, Arctic Infrastructure.] 

However, despite the existence of the plan, the flooding challenge faced by the neighbourhood is so persistent that large parts of the Estate remain perpetually submerged.

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