FLOODING IN LAGOS METROPOLIS: URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE PERSPECTIVES

Saeed K OJOLOWO, Ade ADEBAYO

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This study succinctly appraised the contributions of urban development and municipal solid waste to flooding with specific reference to compliance to space standards, municipal solid waste disposal methods and frequency of collection. It argued that urban managers need to develop an inclusive framework built around the management of urban development and municipal solid waste towards reducing the frequency and subsequent impacts of flooding. This, it posits, can be achieved through the gazetting of a broad-based and inclusive urban development policy, strict enforcement of the provisions of urban development regulations, initiation of an integrated municipal solid waste management strategy, and the use of information technology. Understanding the occurrence of flooding from urban development and municipal solid waste perspectives will help urban managers and other stakeholders to appreciate the need for the development and implementation of inclusive policies to tackle the menace of flooding in the Lagos metropolis.


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