Twelve ships have been abandoned on the Lagos coasts since February 2010. Over one hundred villages in Lagos State face being washed away by ocean surge from the Atlantic Ocean as a result of these abandoned shipwrecks. About 80% of the coastal zone is threatened by sea-level rise and inundation. Whole communities will be forced to relocate, refugee problems could result and the attending socio-economic problems will be dire. The United Nations estimates that there are more than three million undiscovered shipwrecks on the world’s ocean beds.
Adolphus Opara (Nigeria)