The incessant and inappropriate use and abuse of drainage channels in Nigeria is alarming! Amongst the purposes of drainage channel are to reduce flooding and ease the movement of unharmful liquid substances, rather than the intended purposes, the drainage channels are being used as waste banks. So sad!
According to report from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 80% of marine pollution comes from the land. One of the major ways these pollutants gets to different water bodies and ocean directly is through various drainage channels. Overtime, the drainage channels are abused on daily basis at home, market places, industries and other locations.
From my findings on the abusive of drainage channels (visitation to different areas within Lagos being a coastal city to observe the different drainage channels and their usage and also my interaction with Aqualife7000’s audience across different states in Nigeria), the following images of abused drainage channel were collated from states spanning across Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Ondo state and presented below:
Ondo Road, Opposite Barracks First Gate, Akure, Ondo State
Lekki Phase One, Victoria Island, Lagos, Lagos State
Canal at the Ikotun Market, Lagos, Lagos State
Front view of the Afo Canal, Behind Oja Babalola, Ibadan, Oyo State
Side View of the Afo Canal, Behind Oja Babalola, Ibadan, Oyo State
Front view of the other side of the Afo Canal, Behind Oja Babalola, Ibadan, Oyo State
Side view of the Ogbere Canal, Oja Babalola, Ibadan, Oyo State
Front View of Ogbere Canal, Oja Babalola, Ibadan, Oyo State
3rd view of Ogbere Canal, Oja Babalola, Ibadan, Oyo State
Abalabi, Ogun State
Abalabi, Ogun State
Drainage abuse in Nigeria clearly shows that it is endemic to our ways of life; if left unchecked would lead to environmental disaster from where another epidemic and or pandemic could emanate from in the nearest future with great implications of human health. Therefore, there is urgent need to stop drainage channel abuse which require our response to keep our environment clean through proper disposal of wastes which in return reduces the rate of environmental pollution and consequently ocean pollution.
– Paul Ayomide