Nigeria is living under an emergency situation of erosion and may pass through the worst ravines by the year 2039, mainly due to construction-related developments such as roads and various building projects — mostly in Lagos and Abuja.
The report indicates that the devastating impact of rapid urbanization has made it impossible for the country to absorb any more such projects in the next 10 years without the consequences being disastrous.
“Nigeria is undergoing a serious erosion crisis,” said a researcher from the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries and experts from Agabaon, a village in north-eastern Nigeria. “Projects put up during the colonial period as well as the hasty and incomplete intervention during the civil war by successive governments, and now the wave of demand in overdevelopment of the country have polluted the environment, making many areas we call fertile land inaccessible,” the source said.
Trotun Aonkong, who presented the findings at the Christian Documentation and Consultation Network in Abuja, said the indiscriminate building of roads by the federal and state governments is also leading to erosion, reports the Guardian newspaper.
“The crisis of flooding and degradation is also major contributing factors. Rivers, especially those in the flood plains, overflowed because of the heavy rainfall this year. But the reason why the government did not adequately promote environmental protection is because of the urgent need for the projects.”
A new government led by the All Progressives Congress (APC) is due to take office in May and promises to reverse the consequences of this regional exodus of some major state capitals from floods to the ravines.
According to the data, several towns in the north, including the capital, Abuja, Lagos and Maiduguri were carved out from the terrain of the original Jigawa State. And although Nigeria was plagued by the ravages of the civil war and neglected by many governments, there is no clear indication of how many people have been displaced over the years from the ravines of the Niger Delta.