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Lagos Flood: Eko Atlantic City is to blame… “it’s not rocket science” – Twitter Users

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Social networks have been buzzing all weekend with photos and videos of different parts of the Lekki, Victoria Island and VGC areas of Lagos flooded with rainwater.

Cars swim past roads, people wade around their homes, as they try to get to various locations.

People have blamed the flooding on poor drainage system and illegal structures in the area.

However, some Twitter users say the development of the Eko Atlantic City is a major reason for the flooding.

https://twitter.com/ChrisEsene/status/883963981123264512

https://twitter.com/ChrisEsene/status/883958644206968833

https://twitter.com/BANK_S/status/883971181300260864

26 Comments

  1. Wale Vintage

    July 9, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Yes, EAC may have been a contributing factor, but people when referring to Lekki always forget to add peninsula. That was the old name before people started building indiscriminately on it. Yes, Lekki is on a low lying peninsula so all properties on Lekki are more or less built on “water”. I have always contended that the smartest people are the folks who live on the mainland. There is nothing the government can do even with the best drainage network lekki and all its environs are one huge disaster waiting to happen in future. This happens every year and it is getting worse. This is not “flooding” you are experiencing; rather, this is the ocean encroaching on its natural habitat(spread area) With the climate changes and global warming getting worse, in the next few years all the major assets being developed in and around the lekki area will be completely submerged. The best for future short term investors can do is to build their homes on stilts. If you rent make sure you know how well the area you want to rent at holds up during the raining season. Preferably, rent on a higher floor. You folks in lekki vgc etc are not alone. Even those of us here in florida know in about 25 yrs the majority of florida will be under water- and we have better city planners and engineers. The Bible says, build on solid land. E Pele.

    • Bad

      July 9, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      But there are quite a number of habitable peninsulas across europe and south america which have properly designed and durable drainage channels that empty into the ocean or sea… lekki doesn’t quite have this feature… nobody quite explained the techicalities of dredging EAC and the direct effect of flooding in lekki…why is ikoyi flooded too?

    • nene

      July 9, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      lekki was part of Maroko, the inhabitants of the land were fishermen. it was all water.

    • Tola

      July 9, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      This makes more sense that just putting all the blame on Eko Altlantic. If they started 2008 then that is proof. Lekki has been having flood issue way before that. I believe Eko Atlantic is part of the problem but not the only problem

    • Wale Vintage

      July 9, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      Btw, another thing that should also be considered are the structural impact on the properties and contamination of the thousands of boreholes that supplies water to many residents. The structures-the constant soaking of these properties may weaken the fabric of the structures especially considering that many of the buildings constructed lately in the lekki area were hurriedly built by fly by night contractors with poor quality cement and materials. Soaking also forms mold which is very dangerous to human health. Because of the inadequate supply of housing and the affordability of housing in Lagos, most people will continue to “manage” living in these damaged properties. Yes, damaged. When you have mold in homes and ithey are not expertly cleaned the properties are to be condemned. Even when cleaned properly by mold cleaning professionals, because of the proximity to seawater it will be difficult to completely dry out these houses. I see houses sweating anytime I go to Nigeria and it seems people are generally ignorant of the health dangers they are exposing themselves to. A/c water also contributes to this by leaking into the walls and peeling paint off walls. Many respiratory diseases can form from these exposures. Then you add on the soaked furniture etc that will never completely dry out. I really do feel sorry for folks back home. These are hard times. All the cars that may have been damaged from this mess.
      The boreholes—-how can the contamination ever be cleaned up. It is not has if Lagos have a water quality standard for borehole users for the sake of public health. If lekki water is from a government source for instance, then its single source of contamination can at least be purged out and cleaned before filtering and distribution can begin. But boreholes? With the raining season still very active lekki vgc and the environs are in for a rough ride. For those blaming the government, there is nothing the government can do at this stage without some major inconvenience to the general public. Like I indicated, even a well built and unobstructed drainage network cannot stop a sea from overflow-it can help carry it back to the sea more quickly, but when the sea level itself has risen beyond its level, what man for do?
      If I were to suggest a drastic and radical solution, then the whole of lekki should be demolished and restored to what it used to be, a fallow area for temporary enjoyment of the sea with scattered tiny fishing villages.

    • unadite

      July 9, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      @Wale,the truth is really bitter and cold.

    • E

      July 9, 2017 at 5:12 pm

      Netherlands?

  2. Wole Iluyomade

    July 9, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Before Eko Atlantic was even drawn on paper there was massive flooding in VI and Lekki, every year people witnessed the flooding of Amadu Bello Way so much so that all the state liaison offices on Ahmadu Bello Way left for other places. So how does Eko Atlantic a project that restored the bar beach to it’s 1970s level pushing the ocean back cause the flooding in reclaimed swamps like Lekki and Ajah? Why didn’t the flooding affect high ground in Ikeja and Surulere?
    People should top deceiving themselves and move out of their sand filled swamps before it’s too late, the native people living in those areas before the nouveau riche flooded in, built only temporary abodes because they know the land is a flood prone area, they built with wood and they built on stilts. The same people that Lagos is destroying their humble home in Otodo Gbame so people with more cash than perception can come buy more erosion land.

    The climate is changing, the sea level is rising, more rain will fall, it will only get worse……..especially while the residents chose to blame anyone else but themselves.

  3. Nurumba

    July 9, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Are this people daft, how can eko Atlantic be the cause of flooding in lekki and ajah. There’s no working drainage system in those areas. The gutters are filled up all round the year.

    • Tolulope

      July 9, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      No, they are not daft. Flooding is one of the major environmental implications of massive land reclamation and dredging.
      I think you need to educate yourself more.
      Thanks.

    • Sisi Folake

      July 9, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      ‘THESE”

      Its important to get your spellings right when you want to insult people.

  4. Ms Geeky 30

    July 9, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Lol. Displaced water? These people do realise we are talking about the ocean and shoreline right? Hahaha

    First of all, artificial islands do not cause flooding of themselves. Eko Atlantic city is not the first artificial island to be built in the world ( think Palm Jumeirah of Dubai amongst many others). Second, artificial islands if high enough are sometimes used to break and reduce the risk of flooding (although these are often uninhabited if this is the main function).

    It is possible however, that an artificial island may be more prone to coastal erosion and flooding if poorly designed and due to higher water levels resulting from global warming/climate change.

    This last fact is the main factor in the flooding of the island axis. Higher water levels as a result of climate change + the very poor drainage infrastructure in lagos

    As a side, we Nigerians like to jump on the bandwagon. Unless you are a marine engineer, geologist or water scientist or know someone that is one to verify all these tweets, why do you go ahead and just retweet falsehood like this na? Causing mass hysteria on the back of blatant falsehoods! We need to check ourselves oh!

  5. Abi

    July 9, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    The Island has seen flooding from as far back as I can remember.

    • John

      July 10, 2017 at 7:10 am

      Yep, exactly

  6. amaa

    July 9, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    When you dredge and sand fill the water had to go somewhere right . It puts pressure on a large body of water . Then comes the raining season and add bad drainage to the mix you have a natural disaster waiting to happen. Best you can do if you live on the Island is look for a way to build on stilts. Did they do and ecological ndi environmental impart assessment for the ECA?

    • John

      July 10, 2017 at 6:55 am

      Yes they did and it flew with flying colors.
      Similar dredging works have been done world wide on much larger scale.

      Areas very far away from Eko Atlantic were also affected by the heavy rain. It has nothing to do

  7. I_I

    July 9, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    The entire Lekki axis is a disaster waiting to happen for the following reasons:
    1. Water must always find a home; all the water displaced by dredgings at Eko Atlantic, Orange Island, Banana Island and the numerous sand-fillings across that axis is bound to go somewhere. You cant F with nature.
    2. Folks there are basically shitting in their water: the water table is low, and in this same water table, folks are digging bore-holes, and sewage tanks. If you have ever wondered why the water in Phase 1 and Chevron stinks, there is your answer.
    3. Even in 1st world countries, its a headache managing flooding – yet you people are waiting on NEMA and LASEPA to be ready when real trouble comes. LOL. Goshen Beach Estate was hot some years back – where is it today?
    4. Climate change is real. Entire Island nations (google Kiribati and Solomon Islands) are being threatened with extinction, but we somehow believe that cos ‘God is on the throne’ in Nigeria, it cant happen here??? OK
    5. BTW, this also holds true for parts of Yaba and Surulere
    6. I leave yall with this https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/03/world/asia/climate-change-kiribati.html

  8. unadite

    July 9, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    A long time ago, I stumbled on an exposé on Lekki by a foreign columnist in a foreign magazine (Time, Newsweek etc,not very sure) He gave a brief background of Lekki, the history,the class of people found in the area, the high life and the ecological make up of the area. I remember him stressing that even advanced nations with the best practises have failed trying to turn water areas and peninsulas into cities. He also talked about how the rich have all their lives invested in this area (their businesses, homes and investments) . He said there might be a complete reversal of fortune to some people if care is not taken as nature would always have its way. If care is not taken,the whole of the island would be submerged. Please let’s be wise,

    • Blessing

      July 10, 2017 at 2:01 am

      No, the whole state resources would be used to salvage the land for the rich. That’s the poor kid’s education and health and other social budget by the way.

  9. Nakoms

    July 9, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Lekki…….

    …….ajegunle on lipstick!!!

    • Smackdown

      July 10, 2017 at 12:01 am

      And even if you put lipstick on ajegunle, it’s still ajegunle ?

  10. oluwaferanmi

    July 9, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    I know that we are all looking for a solution as well as a culprit. And in a society where very little critical thinking is done, many people will run off with this bold narrative. The Bar beach used to give us this problem in the past and it has been a while since it has done that. That is because ears of erosion was corrected by pumping back the sand that was eroded away by the ocean. Anyone who came to Bar beach in the earl 80s now that the beach is now at the place where used to be back then. The only difference was that infrastructure is coming on it. While we can say that the beach that is Eko Atlantic has been restored to its natural state, what can we say about a peninsula whose water area where simply sand-filled for human habitation. And people have been building for years with any care for the water from which they took the land. Saying all the flood of the last few days has to do with Eko Atlantic is not convincing enough. The last time we had this heavy rainfall was in 2011. What role did Eko Atlantic play in that? And in the years we did not have this kind of flooding, did Eko Atlantic stop being itself in those rain seasons? We need a mix of solutions for a permanent remedy for a city that is largely below sea level. We need a solution- not a scapegoat!

  11. Moniker

    July 9, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    My only wish is that no one should pray to God when there’s common sense to o apply. @Nakoms, you just made my weekend

  12. Abominable snow girl

    July 9, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Future building plans in Lekki should look to places like Maroko, Ilaje and Okitipupa for inspiration. Most houses there are built on stilts.
    It’s the only way going forward.

  13. Olori

    July 9, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    I agree with Wale Vintage. This ain’t flooding. The marine spirit Mami is coming back for her property. *jokes*. But on a serious note, Lekki being a peninsula says it all.

  14. John

    July 10, 2017 at 7:09 am

    What are you talking about BellaNaija?

    So some random guy decides to vent his anger, and he becomes the reference point, even though he has no clue what he is talking about.

    It’s been raining none stop for days, and you expect our terrible drainage systems, and terrible road networks to handle this amount of rain?

    The entire state of Lagos was heavily affected by the heavy rains and floods, even areas that are very, very far away from Eko Atlantic.Should we start blaming floods all over the world on the project? According to these twitter user logic, it seems like we should.

    Talking about “water displacement”, the water wasn’t displaced in the dredging project. The shores were restored to their original location after decades of serious coastal erosion.

    The project is actually a solution. VI would have completely vanished if it wasn’t for the sea wall (which again, is being done ALL OVER THE WORLD).

    You want to fix the flood issues? Stop blocking the drainage systems in Lagos with rubbish.

    Start building better quality roads.

    Build underground drainage as opposed to open gutters where people can dump their rubbish.

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