Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has condemned a recent liveability survey report that downgraded the state.

In an interactive session with journalists, Fashola expressed disappointment with the organisers of the survey, Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU), business information arm of the Economist Group.

The governor said he was disappointed because there seemed to be no improvement for Lagos in the ratings, in spite of the enhancement of residents’ quality of life in the past four years.

Lagos was ranked 138th out of 140 cities, trailing African cities like Nairobi, Kenya (124), Lusaka, Zambia (126), Dakar, Senegal (129), Abidjan, Cote D’Voire (131), Douala, Cameroon (133), on the worst living conditions’ index.

Melbourne, Australia; Vienna, Austria; and Vancouver, Canada topped the list.

However, Fashola said Lagos deserved some credit for being considered in the ranking, alongside some of the world’s best cities.

?We are too important in the comity of nations to be ignored,” he said.

“Our market, our size, our exposure cannot be wished away. We are bigger than several African countries because our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2010 was $80 billion.”

Speaking about other issues concerning the state, the governor insisted that Climate Change, not the state’s Eko Atlantic City project, was responsible for the recent ocean surge at the Kuramo Beach.

Fashola said the surge which claimed lives and properties along the coastline last month was a natural occurrence.

He said the waves that hit the beach were as high as 7 metres and that the surge was possible because there was no protection for it.

He advised residents to be prepared for such future occurrences along the coastline.

Explaining the Eko Atlantic project, he said the new city, expected to accommodate 250,000 people, would only be reclaiming land that had been washed from the beach over the years.

He added that the area housing the project was the place that used to be known as the Bar Beach.

?If you build a mole, you have interrupted that natural flow and resulted to a situation that the beach starts taking away more sand than it is depositing,” he said.

“The Europeans built an automated mechanised system to regulate the sand deposit but when they left, we abandoned it and then the erosion continued without control.”

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