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Lagos community residents panic, fishermen groan as govt pushes water through land reclamation February 11,2018   |  Source: Punch

As a wave of sea encroachment settles on Oworonshoki waterfront in Lagos, Nigeria, GBENGA ADENIJI and TOLUWANI ENIOLA examine the fears of dwellers on future effects on the environment and the cloud of uncertainty over fishing in the area and beyond

It was 2.35pm. The wet clothes on Kahome Modu, his weary face and strained feet as he dragged them out of a wooden boat stationed at the seashore exposed his fatigue.

He was on water fishing for over eight hours, but his catch for the day made him sad. They were frustratingly paltry compared to the usual whenever he went fishing.

Stretching his arms as he yawned sharply, he asked his companion, a boy, observably mature in the fishing business, to pack the fishes in the boat.

“I am very tired. The only thing I need now is to have a bath and sleep. This work is becoming stressful and I have no other job I know,” he said.

Modu is one of the fishermen at Ebute Eleja (seashore of fish) in the Ilaje area tucked in the Bariga Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.

SUNDAY PUNCH gathered that the voyage of fishermen at Ebute Eleja has hit a lull since the start of the sand filling project at Oworonshoki waterfront by the state government. Oworonshoki is situated just at the mainland end of the Third Mainland

 

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