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Ocean surge: PDP faults sand filling of ocean

21 August 2012, 09:30

Lagos - Lagos State PDP on Monday blamed the frequent water surge in Lagos State on sand filling of the ocean and lagoons.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that an early morning ocean surge on Saturday sacked communities around Kuramo Beach in Lagos, immediately leaving one person dead and 15 others missing.

Mr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, the General Manager, Lagos Emergency Management Agency noted that the bodies were recovered from the nearby Bar Beach on Sunday morning. The latest death toll is 10.

In a statement signed by its Lagos State chairman, Chief Tunji Shelle, the PDP called on the Federal Government to stop people from sand-filling the ocean and lagoons in the state.

The PDP faulted the unprofessional manner in which the ocean and lagoons were encroached on without due Ecological and Environmental Impact Assessment.

"This is in the overall interest of the country and to particularly forestall further loss of lives and property arising from mismanaging the environment," the party said.

According to the party, direct government negligence caused the calamities.

The party faulted the sand-filling of land for the purported Eko Atlantic project, adding that business interest had undermined the safety of lives and property.

"We are very pained by the wanton loss of lives and property prevalent only along the coastal lines of Lagos beaches.

"We sincerely sympathise with the affected families," the party said.

The party called for a stop to the Eko Atlantic Project and immediate compensation to the bereaved families who also lost property as a result of the surge.



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