In a bid to put in place long term measures to forestalling flood disaster, the Oyo State Government has commenced the rehabilitation of the Eleyele dam in Ibadan.
The rehabilitation works is in collaboration with the World Bank through the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project.
Eleyele dam, built in 1942 during the colonial era, was aimed at supplying raw water for treatment at the Eleyele waterworks for Ibadan residents and for flood control during heavy rain to safeguard life and property.
However, on August 26, 2011, the flood that ravaged the ancient city of Ibadan virtually submerged the dam resulting to an overflow which led to loss of lives and property.
Since then, the state government had sought for assistance of the World Bank to forestall flood disasters.
One of such assistance that has materialized is the rehabilitation works on the Eleyele dam which has just commenced.
Giving an overview of the works to be done on the dam, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Water resources, Mr Gabriel Oguntola said it included enhancing the discharge capacity of the dam, improving of access road within the water works premises and replacement of all hydro-mechanical equipment.
In his address, the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi noted that the rehabilitation of the dam would help contain flooding in and around Ibadan, as well as, boost the supply of treated water to Ibadan city.
Represented by the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Isaac Ishola, Governor Ajimobi called on the contractors handling the project to ensure quality and timely delivery of the project.
Governor Ajimobi commended the World Bank for its unrelenting support to the state in effectively managing flood risk.
Representative of the company handling the project, Mr Fan Xiajing assured the state government that the rehabilitation would be executed with minimal negative impacts on surrounding habitats of the dam, while also promising qualitative work.
The Eleyele dam rehabilitation works is expected to be completed with twenty four months.