Nigeria’s Lagos State earmarks US$173 million to combat ocean surge
The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, told the fifth Climate Change Summit, organized by the state’s Ministry of Environment on Wednesday in Lagos that the state would require about US$173 million in order to provide lasting solution to the frequent ocean surge and protect the state’s shoreline.
“We are not getting any money from anywhere. But we have committed about N6 billion (about US$40 million) to this project,” he said.
Speaking on the ocean surge which hit Kuramo Beach in Lagos last year, Fashola said the state government was taken unaware by the surge because there was no budget provision to mitigate its consequences in the 2012 fiscal budget.
“In the implementation of last year’s budget, we did not conceive that the uncompleted part of the Eko Atlantic City would be overrun by the ocean,” he said.
The Kuramo surge took away walls of properties from the end of Ahmadu Bello Way right down to Alpha Beach.
“We did not budget for that….but in the last quarter of the year, we urged all departments to contribute some capital votes so that we can start an urgent protection of all of properties on the road, right down to Alpha Beach,” Fashola added.