The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), on Friday appealed to the Federal Government to save Lagos State from being wiped out by coastline erosion.
NCF made the call at a conference in Lagos on the dangers of a fast eastward ocean current eating up several meters of land daily on the Lekki and Victoria Island axis.
NCF’s chairman, Chief Ede Dafinone, said several coastal communities had been washed away and if nothing was done, the Lagos Island would be underwater by 2030 and the whole of Lagos by 2050.
According to him, the problem of coastline erosion started during the colonial era when moulds were created to protect the Apapa-Wharf.
He said the impact caused a backlash on the Lekki axis causing an overflow of the Bar Beach, but that the Eko Atlantic City Project later protected the Bar Beach forcing the problem further downstream.
He said the Lagos State Government began the construction of groins around the Eko Atlantic City and Bar Beach towards Elegushi Beach to solve the problem.
He explained that the state government had taken the initiative to erect over 15 groins that effectively protected and replenished the coast for up to 14 kilometres.
“It costs about one billion Naira to construct one groin and Lagos State Government’s inability to continue the project in the last 18 months suggested that they were overwhelmed by the problem,” he said
While making a video presentation, Dr Joseph Onoja, NCF Director, Technical Programme, said by mid-2011, the Eko Atlantic Project protected the Beach but that the problem moved eastward between 2015 and 2016.
He, therefore, stressed the need for the federal government to urgently move in to protect the shorelines to ward off the fast ocean currents worsened by climate change and other human activities.
“It took only 24 hours for a whole community to be wiped off in Kuramo Beach. Other countries are protecting their shorelines and we in Nigeria must do same,” he warned.
The Director General of NCF, Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano, appealed to the Lagos State Government and the Federal government to protect the shorelines as far as the Escravos to avert disaster.
“The immediate solution is for Lagos to take the groins construction all the way to Escravos.
“We are appealing to the managers of the ecological funds to look in the area of these shorelines in Lagos,” he said.
“It took only 24 hours for a whole community to be wiped off in Kuramo Beach. Other countries are protecting their shorelines and we in Nigeria must do same.” – Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF)