The Man-made Lagoon at Lagos-Ibadan Long Bridge
ElevateNews takes a look at the man-made lagoon on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
According to google definition, a Lagoon is a stretch of salty water beside the ocean. A typical example is the Lagos lagoon. Those who ply the Third Mainland Bridge regularly see the lagoon.
It is a flowing sea that never gets dry. It is also of immense economic value for fishermen and operators of the water transportation system.
The number of those who ride boats and ferries to move people from the mainland to the Island in Lagos are increasing by the day. A few weeks ago, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu inaugurated the Uber type of water transportation.
However, a fresh, artificial but stagnant Lagoon has been created at the long bridge of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in the last three weeks.
I call it Lagoon because of its size and the fishing business that is going on there at present. The opening of Oyan Dam by the Ogun/Osun River Basing has created the artificial Lagoon under the long bridge along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
This “Lagoon” has covered a large expanse of land in the adjoining communities. There have been heavy rains this year. The water level has risen beyond what it used to be at this period.
We call it climate change but for residents who had fled their homes due to this flood, it is more than climate change. This is a natural disorder that had since changed their destiny. About a month ago, these residents owned a house but today, they are tenants.
This new artificial lagoon created by lack of vision of successive administrations has rendered many homeless. For a newcomer to Lagos, please the water at the Lagos-Ibadan long bridge is not the real Lagoon, it is the man made sea that will dry during the dry season.
But when is the dry season if rains have refused to stop a few days to November?
Nobody should blame God who has deemed it good to shower rains of blessing on us at this season when our government is lacking in idea of how to alleviate the effect of this manmade disaster.
God brings rains not flood but we allow flood because our government are not proactive. I heard the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, saying only prayers can save Nigeria.
He has just spent five months as governor but has seen the greater challenges he has to surmount. Of course, God hears prayers, he loves those who obey him than the lips that call him in vain.
There is no sign that the lagoon in Ogun State will dry soon because it is stagnant now and stinking. In some areas, it runs faster and makes noise as if it is moving, the debris in it is only rotating.