A former Chairman, Nigeria Environment Society (NES), Lagos Island Chapter, Mr Victor Emevbore, has said that the state government would reduce perennial flooding in the state by revisiting the abandoned Lekki Corridor master plan.
He said that flooding in Lekki and environs would have been effectively curtailed if the state had fully implemented the master plan.
“There is no way you build on non-monitored wetland areas and do not expect and experience flooding. That is what is happening at Lekki corridor after it rains.
“The wetlands are being taken over by organisations and individuals; and the building designs have not taken into consideration the natural function of wetlands,” Emevbore told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The environmentalist said that there are places that are water feeds in coastal areas; and these places are known as wetlands or swampy areas.
He added, “Their natural function is to serve as water base for excess water when it rains or if the river overflows its banks.
“Now, these areas are being cleared, sand filled and developed without proper enforcement of the building rules for developments in such terrain.
“Until the entire Lekki corridor wetlands are restored, the whole place will continue to witness flooding.”