Posted on February 20, 2023
An Environmental expert and the Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), Ninnom Bassey, has called on the Lagos State Government to as a matter of urgency stop the dredging of the Makoko waterfront.
Bassey in a statement signed by HOMEF Media/Communication Lead, Kome Odhomor, on Thursday in Abuja, said the idea of using development as a foil for grabbing waterfronts, displacing and destroying the lives and cultures of the people must be halted.
He urged the government to listen to the teeming population of the residents, saying: “There is need for government to have open conversations with the people who have deep knowledge of the environment and have made massive economic contributions to the State.
Bassey added that Makoko and other underserved communities in Lagos and elsewhere in Nigeria, deserved to be upgraded with adequate supply of social services and not displaced for the benefit of land speculators and other forces of accumulation by dispossession.
Makoko is an important fishing community located in Yaba Local
Government Area of Lagos State, overlooking the Third Mainland Bridge. The community faces imminent displacement threats from the government of Lagos State, without due consultations or plans for resettlement.