About 50 years ago this tarmac road was busy with lorries and cars plying between Lome (Togo), Cotonou (Benin) and Lagos (Nigeria). It played a significant economic, social and political role in the 50s and 60s. it is now under water inside the Atlantic Ocean. The sad thing is that it is not the first road to be swallowed by the Atlantic! Before it there was another road that too was ‘swallowed’ by the ocean. It is no longer visible since it is too far from the cost and it is sunk.
A new road was contstructed 4 years ago about 100 metres from the cost line. Already it is under threat! In 2017 a section of it was ‘visited’ by the ocean at Aneho (former capital city about 50 km from Lome
How can a poor country like Togo achieve SDG 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation)? Is it just for Togo to keep on rebuilding same infrastructure and thereby use its meagre resources for a problem that is caused by richer and more developed countries? We need climate justice folks!
Dr. Yahya Msangi
Technical Adviser – Sustainable Development, Climate Change & Chemical Safety