Flood dis­as­ter: World Bank moves to res­cue Oyo

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - From Dele Ogun­yemi, Ibadan

The World Bank has in­di­cated its readi­ness to help in ad­dress­ing the prob­lems that em­anated from the flood dis­as­ter that oc­curred in Oyo State in 2011 which claimed sev­eral lives and de­stroyed many prop­er­ties.

A to­tal sum of $2 mil­lion (N320 mil­lion) is to be com­mit­ted to the project by the World Bank while the state govern­ment will con­trib­ute a coun­ter­part fund.

Be­sides, Oyo has also been selected as the first state to be equipped with an early flood warn­ing sys­tem by the bank as a way of fore­stalling an­other flood dis­as­ter in the state.

The leader of the World Bank team on Ibadan Ur­ban Flood Man­age­ment, Dr. Sateh Chafic El-Ar­naout, made the dis­clo­sure while brief­ing news­men shortly af­ter the sub­mis­sion of the re­port of the team to Gover­nor Abi­ola Aji­mobi in his of­fice re­cently.

El-Ar­naout said that af­ter the team has thor­oughly un­der­stud­ied the 2011 flood dis­as­ter in Ibadan, the World Bank would be ready to part­ner with the state govern­ment in pre­vent­ing a re­oc­cur­rence.

He ex­plained that the project would be ex­e­cuted through a $2 mil­lion from the World Bank with $20 mil­lion coun­ter­part fund­ing from the state govern­ment.

The team leader added that an in­de­pen­dent mon­i­tor­ing group would be con­sti­tuted to as­sess the project, stress­ing that with­out ad­dress­ing the prob­lem of flood in Ibadan, the eco­nomic in­ter­est of the state might be jeop­ar­dised.

The co­or­di­na­tor of the project, Dr. Dayo Ay­orinde, said that for the suc­cess of the project, an Ibadan City mas­ter plan, drainage mas­ter plan and solid waste plan would be pro­vided.

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