The Punch reports that the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) on Saturday said increase in human activities, such as land reclamation and dredging, had resulted in reduction of water storing capacity, thus leading to flooding.
The NIS President, Mr. Bode Adeaga, who stated this at the 47th Annual General Meeting of NIESVI, said such human encroachments had aggravated flooding within the coastal zones of the country, with the consequent reduction in available farmland.
He also said that poor drainage system had contributed to the recurrence of flooding in many parts of the country.
“There should be comprehensive tidal studies along coastal regions to develop early warning systems for surges and for construction of coastal defenses. There should also be a collection and storage of comprehensive geospatial data necessary for regulating sand mining activities within minimum environmental degradation,” concluded Adeaga.
Dredging Today Staff, July 4, 2012