Impact of Dredging on Coastal Communities in Lagos

Feb 11, 2016, 10:36 PM

Dredging is an excavation activity usually carried out underwater, in shallow seas or freshwater areas with the purpose of gathering up bottom sediments and disposing of them at a different location. This technique is often used to keep waterways navigable. It is also used as a way to replenish sand on some public beaches, where sand has been lost because of coastal erosion.

According to the oldest man in Okun-Alfa community in Lekki area Eti-Osa who died in 2014 Alhaji Mudashiru Atewolara he said dredging in Lagos started as way of reducing breeding ground for mosquitoes which was a threat to the health of the colonial masters. But decades later dredging is now a vital in urban development along the lagos coastline.

Tina Armstrong bring details on how dredging activities is impacting on coastal communities in Lagos.

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