The Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Environmental Engineers (NIEE), Lagos, Engr. Yusuf Majolagbe has reeled out strategies to curtail flood risks in the state.
TOP MEDIA reports that Majolagbe spoke on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, at the monthly Technical Session held at the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) Conference Room.
It was the NIEE’s sixth technical session for the year.
At the event, the environmental expert stressed that Lagos faces a higher risk of flooding due to its low-lying coastal nature. He also reminded authorities and Lagosians of the projected exposure to coastal flooding by the year 2070.
“The region experiences high rainfall, and the lack of adequate drainage infrastructure and compromised development plans contribute to the proliferation of informal settlements.
“Flooding incidents in Lagos have significantly increased in the past decade, necessitating urgent flood risk management.”
Engr. Majolagbe, therefore, called for effective flood risk management which he said requires clear strategic plans, based on research, data gathering, public dialogue, and evaluation.
Necessary and Standard Precautions Against Flood – Majolagbe
Furthermore, Majolagbe listed factors that are “vital” for successful flood risk management.
He mentioned them to include: public education, warning systems, enforcement of urban planning guidelines, development control, building regulations, and citizen participation.
He also spoke on flood insurance which he said should be considered a key strategy.
Check out some photos from the event below: