Science Target Conference Systems, Ajman 4th International Environment Conference 2016

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HUMAN ACTIVITIES AND THE INCIDENCE OF URBAN FLOODING A CASE STUDY OF ILORIN WEST LOCAL GOVT AREA OF KWARA STATE
Ogunleye-Adetona Iyabo Comfort, Ogunleye-Adetona Iyabo Comfort, Issa Oladimeji Shehu

Last modified: 2016-01-04

Abstract


This research has examined the effect of human activities in Ilorin west local government area of kwara State, Nigeria and the precarious occurrence of flooding experienced by the inhabitant. 120 copies of questionnaire were administered on the randomly selected household heads as respondents in other to obtain information respondents perception on the causes, impact and solution of flooding in the study area. Both the respondents and multiple regression analysis revealed that indiscriminately refuse dump connected and other environmental induced factors contributed to urban flooding in the study area. In addition the lack of environmental consciousness in the part of the public utilities, uncoordinated government legislation, weak and lenient regulation all contributed to the increased annual flooding in the study area. Government should not only dredging and re-dredging of canals and drainage channels but dismantle illegal structures and silts the drainage in order to averting the annual tragedy of floods often occasioned by torrential rains and living habits of the residents, and an eventual  attainment of a sustainable environment. Residents, manufacturing industries and assembly plants, offices, markets and stores, hospitals and maternity homes, schools and colleges and others should must cultivate the habit of weekly clearing of drains in his surroundings in addition to the national monthly environmental sanitation exercise. In addition, implementation of an improved real-time flood and drought control warning system can reduce damage caused by floods can be embarked upon by the management of River Basin Development Authorities.