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Lagos residents express concerns over ocean surge

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The Director-General of the Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF), Joseph Onoja, has warned that if measures are not quickly put in place, the Atlantic Ocean will soon affect the Lekki-Epe Expressway.

Onoja gave the warning on Thursday at a meeting on ocean encroachment between Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA), Senator Wasiu Eshilokun, who represents Lagos Central Senatorial District; NCF, and the Eti-Osa East Local Council Development Authority.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the meeting was held to find solutions to the ocean surge rapidly destroying communities in the Eti-Osa/Lekki corridor.

During a presentation at the meeting, Onoja showed that over 130 meters of land had been encroached upon by the Atlantic Ocean in four years, and in 2024, a projection of another 50 meters would be gone if no immediate intervention was made.

Eshilokun expressed concerns about the happenings and assured LERSA and other stakeholders impacted by the ocean surge that the matter would be a top priority when the Senate resumed plenary sessions in September.

He also mandated the NCF and the LERSA Infrastructure Committee to come up with technically feasible solutions for review and possible implementation.

Among other stakeholders in attendance at the meeting were foremost environmental activist, Desmond Majekodunmi; and Vice-Chairman, Eti-Osa East LCDA, Azeez Ismail.

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