The Victoria Island branch of Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, during its conference and paper presentation on the solutions to flooding in Lagos State advised that the Lagos State Government must intensify its flood management efforts so that communities in Epe, Eti-Osa, Amuwo Odofin, Ojo, Kosofe, Lagos Island, Apapa, Ibeju-Lekki and IKorodu Local Government would be submerged.
The body called on the State Government to relocate residents in flood prone areas elsewhere before it happens. It also suggested the need for environmentalists, sociologists, lawyers, engineers, economists and other professionals to collaborate with the state government and jointly find lasting solutions to the problem of flooding in the state.
Mr Egbiki a member of the NSE, said that some parts of the state are lying below the sea, Ikorodu inclusive and if urgent measures are not adopted, such would soon be completely submerged by flood. “The government should convert those portions to tourism centres, parks and lakes that could attract revenue to the state as done by the government of Netherlands some years ago,”he said.
Residents are advised to always disconnect all electrical appliances in their homes when an area is flooded to guide against being victims of electrocution.
Other speakers consequently called on the government to check the indiscriminate development and sand filling, going on in various parts of the waterfront and flood prone areas in the state.