Construction Expert Urges Lagos Govt To Declare Emergency On Flooding/Pollution

A construction expert, Mr. Temitope Runsewe, has called on the Lagos State Government to declare a state of emergency on boreholes drilling and sand filling to save the environment.

Runsewe, the managing director of Dutum Construction Company Ltd., made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). In Lagos on the 31st of May 2022.

The managing director spoke on the side-line of a two-day real estate conference. He said that declaring a state of emergency would avert an epidemic.

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Runsewe, a co-sponsor of the 10th Unite Leading ESG real estate event in Africa, noted that the governments’ urgent intervention was important to address the issues in the industry.

He said the action was needed to check illegal sand filling, compounding, flooding, and wrongly located boreholes causing septic and sewage waters to sip back into boreholes to endanger citizens’ health.

The construction expert noted that green construction was the antidote needed for resolving all environmental issues and should be encouraged and popularised in Lagos and across Nigeria.

He said lack of sustainability in construction was responsible for all the infractions that affect green construction, hence the need for the governments’ strict regulation and private sector support.

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