Nigeria’s Minister for Water Resources, Mrs Sarah Ochekpe, has said that the current flooding in the country was not caused by any of the Federal Government-owned dams.
One of Africa’s leading human rights advocate, Mr Nnimmo Bassey has been awarded the 2012 Rafto Prize in recognition of his long-term fight for people’s right to life, health, food and water in a world affected by complex and threatening climate change and mass environmental destruction.
Several communities in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos are witnessing flooding issues as a result of bad drainage systems and this has led to continuous (though preventable) loss of lives and property.
An early morning ocean surge on Saturday sacked communities around Kuramo Beach in Lagos, killed one person instantly .
The residents of Makoko water front community were forcefully evicted and their homes demolished by the Lagos State Government. According to Governor Fashola erection of illegal shanties at the water front would affect the natural drainage of the state which is the lagoon. He also said illegal immigrants were residing amongst the people . In the video below, ecojornalim.org reporter Tina Armstrong-Ogbonna takes us through the lifestyle of Makoko Slum residents