Prof Chukwuma Eziashi of the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Jos, on Friday advised the Federal Government to enact a law preventing construction close to the coastline.
In a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, Eziashi advocated that a good distance should be maintained, off the coast, before putting up structures around any 'water body'.
``This ocean surge, which is basically caused by wind on sea surface, can be very dangerous.
``The truth is that repairs are very expensive once an ocean surge has occurred.’’
The professor of climatology insisted that appropriate precautions should be instituted to prevent flooding of property and roads.
He also warned tourists and small boat operators to be careful not to go too close to the beaches during rising ocean tide.
The don also advised the Federal Government to erect strong barricades and buffer zones to prevent any attempt to build houses in surge- prone areaa.
``Anyone that fails to comply should be prosecuted because it is also a threat to everyone and not just an individual,’’ he said, urging the government to swing into action as delay could be disastrous. (NAN)