Lagos argued that initial assessment did not indicate any danger to the coastlines.
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has directed the immediate evacuation of a portion of the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army Cantonment in Victoria Island, Lagos; and cordoning of other vulnerable areas to safeguard lives and property.
The NEMA boss, Mohammed Sidi, gave this directive on Thursday during an environmental stakeholders’ meeting convened by NEMA on Thursday, in Lagos.
Mr. Sidi, who was represented by Charles Otegbade, the Director of Search and Rescue at NEMA, called for the expansion of the stakeholders to include private sector, community and traditional institutions.
Stakeholders at the meeting enjoined continuous Environmental Impacts Auditing of the Eko Atlantic City to monitor the level of the various developmental projects ongoing in various locations along the Lagoon coastlines in the South West area of Lagos State.
Despite the position of Lagos State officials that argued that the initial assessment did not indicate any danger to the coastlines; the meeting agreed to tackle the vulnerabilities of the nation’s coast lines from Lagos Lagoon to Calabar coast.
The stakeholders submitted that assessment in Lagos Lagoon which is known as the most tumultuous and unstable in the whole of West African Coastlines is necessary because of the daily human activities.
Thursday’s meeting was convened on the directive of Vice President Namadi Sambo following the initial reports by NEMA of the threats of Sea-rise and Ocean Surge in the Lagos coastline.
Mr. Otegbade noted that there have been physical damages impacted by the ocean surge on the premises of the 81 division of the Nigerian Army and other areas in other parts of the country as raised by various assessment reports from NEMA zonal offices.
Muri Isa, an official of the Nigerian Maritime Safety and Administration Agency, said that ocean surges have caused over 100 wrecked ships to be cleared from the Lagos coastline.
“Nigeria coastlines have recorded over 3.5 sea rise level and that portend serious concern for the mitigation process to be embarked upon by all stakeholders,” said Mr. Isa.
Stakeholders also expressed concerns over the fast rate at which Oniru beach is being taken over by the surge and warned that if immediate and medium measures are not taken this year, the danger may be more than envisaged.
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