Civil society groups, environmental organizations and experts have delivered a damning report in support of the idea that recent climate change and deforestation is leading to Nigeria’s multiple problems, including a large-scale slumification. During their trip to the slums in February, which is estimated to be the largest slum in West Africa, The Nation newspaper’s reporter, Bukola Afolabi, covered the observations made in Lagos, the nation’s commercial capital, and Abuja, the capital. The report draws on documents that point to communities being compelled to permanently live on top of underground oil storage tanks, plunge into potholed lands and continue to set up homes in cities suffering an alarming rate of water pollution.
More than 100 experts warned that, with Nigeria’s national water utility rationing water in areas such as Abuja, residents were forced to take more dangerous decisions to get water, such as bundling up wet clothes to protect them from clogged sewers. The reports strongly argues that there is no good reason to continue building infrastructure against a tide of destruction.
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