An expert in Environmental and Flood Modelling, Dr. Dupe Olayinka, has said the Eko Atlantic City, Lagos, may not be able to withstand storm surge.
Olayinka, who was a guest lecturer at the 2013 World Hydrography Day, organised by the Nigerian Navy on Friday, said unless proper monitoring was put in place, the city would not be safe for habitation.
She noted that the five Cowries Creek through which water flows out of the commodore channel, had been blocked
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“Unless there is proper monitoring, I do not think we have a safe environment there. We can see what happened in New York City through Hurricane Sandy. When we have large storm surges, I am not sure what we have can withstand it.”
I expect a backash over this soon from the developers of Eko Atlantic City. For me though, it will take a lot of convincing to invest in that project. The Environmental Impact Assessment will have to be independently done locally and abroad and from recognised unbiased bodies to give me a sense of comfort.