With the current situation in the US(hurricane Sandy)the Lagos State Government, yesterday alerted residents of a possible ripple effect of the hurricane such as ocean surge on the state’s coastal areas within the next seven days.
The alert was given by the state Commissioner for Waterfront and
Infrastructure Development, Prince Segun Oniru; Commissioner for
Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba as well as Special Adviser
to the Governor on Environment, Mr. Taofeek Folami, at a joint media
briefing in Alausa, Ikeja.This might be terrible from all they said though,but we pray for God's mercies However, a professor of climatology at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka
(UNN), Professor RNC Anyadike, countered that Nigeria could not suffer
any ripple effect from the hurricane.
Asked if Lagos could suffer ripple effects from Hurricane Sandy,
Anyadike said: “It is not possible. We don’t have hurricanes in West
Africa. “Meanwhile, Hurricane Sandy has already hit land, it will soon
dissipate. What kind of ripple effect are they talking about? Do you
know how far we are from New York?
“The only thing we are likely to experience is heavy rainfall occasioned by climate change not hurricane.” Oniru attributed the likely ripple effect of the Hurricane to the location of Lagos, lying parallel to the South America region.
His words: “We want to let Lagosians know what is going on, and what to
expect, it is not to create panic, they should be careful around the
ocean and lagoon. In the last five to six days, around the Caribbean,
from Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba and Hurricane Sandy has hit the east coast of
“Normally, when such happens, and the magnitude of it hits that part of
the world, we always have a ripple effect in Lagos and around the West
Coast..........We pray we don't experience this,meanwhile our prayers are with the Unted states of America,may God put an end to hurricanes generally not just #sandy alone.