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Surveyors tasked on sustainable flood management

Tuesday, December 19, 2017   (0 Comments)
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To reduce disasters associated with flooding, surveyors have been urged to be part of the solution to generate integrated flood management strategies.


by DAYO AYEYEMI reports


As memories of the devastated flooding that ravaged towns in Lagos Island, Niger, Akwa Ibom states and other parts of the country in July 2017 are yet to leave the victims, governments at all levels have been tasked on the need to engage the expertise of licensed land surveyors for sustainable flood risk management in the country.


Surveyors’ engagement in flood control and management, built environment experts said, should be done in collaboration with other professionals such as engineers, town planners, sociologists, economists, environmentalists, hydrologists, flood managers, geologists and lawyers among others.


It was noted that surveyors, who are the custodians of geospatial data, were always pushed to the background when providing solutions during flood control and management. The new push, according to water experts, has become imperative due to many lives and properties that were lost to this year’s deluge coupled with the 2012 flood in Nigeria.


Both the Chairman, Lagos House Committee on Land Matters, Mr. Sikiru Adebayo Osinowo and Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Ornament Engineering Limited, Mr Sunday Egbiki, advised that land surveyors should be given priority in flood risk management, noting that they served as the bedrock upon which other professionals work.


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