The Director-General, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, Dr. Moses Beckley, has called for effective measures to be put in place to check flooding in the country.
He said this while speaking at a symposium held by the Lagos Chapter of the Nigerian Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment.
While speaking on the theme ‘Flood control and mitigation: Critical appraisal of a typical lagoon city’, Beckley called on the government and all stakeholders to come up with viable solutions for curbing flooding.
“Scientists predict that increase in average temperature and frequency of storm and flood events may induce even greater impact on cities, especially those located proximal to the lagoon, river banks, in river catchment or along the sea coast.
“Although Lagos is naturally flooded during the wet season, the flooding is worsened by human activity and the subsidence induced by physical development. For many of us, flooding is no longer an emergency; it becomes a common disaster that must be taken account of in our development planning,” Beckley said.
He stated that flooding is the aftermath of unplanned development, saying that the effect of flooding could leave persons vulnerable and exposed to different hazards.