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Ocean surge: NEMA reiterates need to remove shipwrecks

27 August 2012, 12:34

Lagos - The National Emergency Management Agency on Monday reiterated the need to remove wrecked ships from the Nigerian Coastlines as a precautionary measure against maritime disaster.

Dr Charles Agbo, the Director of Planning and Research and Forecasting of NEMA, gave the advice, while inspecting the Kuramo Beach, following last week's ocean surge in Lagos that claimed many lives.

Agbo said that the Federal Government was committed to preventing maritime disaster at all cost.

According to him, the first step towards that is to ensure the removal of all wrecked ships from the nation’s coastal area.

The director said: "The Federal Government has ordered the removal of all wrecked ships in the Nigeria coastal area.

"That order will be enforced in order to reduce ocean surge and we urge everyone to comply."

Agbo also said that there were many wrecked ships on the nation’s coastline, especially at the Oniru Beach.

"We are in the peak period of rainfall and anything that can cause disaster should be avoided.

"There will be more assessment of the coaster areas from time to time so as to stem the incidence of rising ocean tide," he said.

He advised all those involved in maritime activities to be very observant and careful in order to prevent further disaster.



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