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Oyo kicks off 70-year-old Eleyele dam project

After 70 years, Oyo State Government has jump-started the practical solution to the perennial flooding in Ibadan with Eleyele Dam rehabilitation.Under the project, the government has awarded the joint venture contract to Messrs CGC-CHWE as contractor while Tractebel Consultants is the consultant firm.

The scope of work on the rehabilitation included raising of the dam embankment crest from its existing height of 183.6m to 185.4m ask (1.8m of raising), erection of 1.0m high concrete Parapet wall on the embankment to prevent waves from overtopping embankment and increase on the discharge capacity of spillway from 368.9m3/s to 1269m3/s.

Also, there would be increase in the width of the spillway channel to enhance its discharge capacity, rehabilitation of the intake tower in order to fully restore its capacity to supply raw water from the reservoir to the treatment plant, replacement of all hydro-mechanical equipment inside the intake tower, rehabilitation of the scour tunnel for free discharge of water through the scour channel to spillway return channel and improvement in the access road within the water works premises.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi who flagged off the project stated that the benefits accruable from a rehabilitated modernized Eleyele Dam are enormous. Among them is the improved capacity of the dam to help contain flooding in and around Ibadan. “As a result of rapid urban development in Ibadan, the Eleyele Dam is now located upstream of some densely populated and fully developed parts of the city.

“ Yet another derivable benefit is that the capacity of the dam to supply treated water to the city of Ibadan would be greatly boosted. I can foresee a situation whereby the dam, when delivered, would become a major provider of clean water to support the burgeoning industrial revolution that is fast gaining ground in Ibadan particularly and other parts of Oyo State in general.”

Represented by the State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Chief Isaac Isola, Governor Ajimobi assured that the rehabilitation project would be completed in two years.

Ajimobi said, “One of the major challenges that first confronted this administration upon our assumption of office in 2011 was the devastating flood event of 26th August, 2011, an unfortunate incident that ravaged many parts of Ibadan, consuming in its wake, hundreds of human lives and several million naira worth of properties.“This Eleyele Dam, which was approaching its 70th anniversary then, was badly hit, leading to an overflow of the dam and degradation of the appurtenant structures.”

The implication of this was that, one of the two fictional values of the Eleyele Dam, which was to help flood control during high flow periods through its reservoir holding capacity, had been compromised.

“Even though the dam had earlier been threatened by two major floods in 1963 and 1980, the impact of the 2011 flood event was massive enough to discourage and derail a government of lily-livered office-holders. But that was not for us. As a government, we saw wisdom in coming up with an integrated, comprehensive and enduring solution to the problem of flooding in the city.

“In his address, the Commissioner for Finance and Budget, Mr Abimbola Adekanmbi disclosed that the contractors and supervising consultants were selected through a carefully and competitively bidding process in line with the policies and procedures of the World Bank. He assured stakeholders that the project, from the expertise and resources available to the IUFMP and the relevant partnering MDAs, will ensure qualitative and qualitative and timely delivery of this rehabilitation work.

Ajimobi wants Ibadan butchers relocated to multi-billion naira abattoir

Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has directed butchers in the 11 Local Government Areas of Ibadanland to relocate to the multi-billion naira central abattoir by the end of April.

The governor gave the directive during a stakeholders’ meeting held at the House of Chiefs, at the Secretariat in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the multi-billion naira central abattoir is located in Amosun Village in the Akinyele Local Government Area in Ibadan.

NAN reports that the butchers were led to the meeting by the South-West Coordinator of the Butchers Association, Alhaji Biliaminu Elesinmeta, and the association’s state Chairman, Alhaji Azeez Alagunfon.

Oyo moves against insecurity in troubled zone

The Oyo government says it has put in place measures to address the incessant abductions in the Oke-Ogun area of the state. Consequently, a task force has been raised to tackle the menace.

The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Toye Arulogun, stated yesterday in Ibadan that Governor Abiola Ajimobi ordered the establishment of the task force after a series of meetings with farmers, herdsmen, traditional rulers, security agencies and other stakeholders to look into the spate of kidnappings, maiming and clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the zone, noting that the panel had visited the affected area for an on-the-spot assessment.

He noted that the government had mandated security agencies in the state to beef up security and boost intelligence gathering, stating ongoing efforts were yielding result, as some suspected kidnappers had been arrested.

The commissioner observed that improved surveillance had doused the tension in the area, assuring the people that the Ajimobi administration would continue to protect lives and property.

Arulogun said: “The security situation in the state is not as bad as being portrayed by some mischievous individuals. The breach was more from external than internal persons. Our administration is known for peace, safety and security. This is evident in the four-star rating as a well as a qualified state to help foreign and domestic investors given by the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC). Also, the state was adjudged as the fourth best investment-friendly state and one of the only five states that attracted investment to the country in the last quarter of 2017 by the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

“It is based on the peaceful cum secured environment that new businesses are springing up with a renaissance of the night economy in the state and government is getting a lot of investment requests. We cannot allow anything to disrupt the peace in the state and that is the reason the governor set up a taskforce to address the issue of Oke Ogun in addition to the existing security apparatus.

“The security agencies in Oyo are living up to expectation and we should all join hands with them to ensure that security is not breached in the state. We should commend them for their improved intelligence as well as pro-activeness to ensure that the state is not turned to a crisis-torn zone. On our part, government will not fail to provide adequate security for its people and support all the security agencies to perform their duties well.”

Ajimobi urges Christians to pray for Leah Sharibu, peace in Nigeria

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has urged Christians to use the occasion of this year’s Easter celebrations to pray fervently for the country to overcome the socio-economic challenges currently confronting it.

In his Easter message issued in Ibadan, yesterday, by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, the governor called on Christians to pray for the restoration of peace in all the trouble spots across the country, particularly in the northeast.

Ajimobi asked the faithful to particularly remember to pray for the safe return of the last Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, and the Chibok schoolgirls still in Boko Haram captivity.

He said it was only in an atmosphere of love, togetherness and renewed commitment to the country’s unity that the people could attain the much-desired greatness and appealed to masterminds of terrorism, insurgency, militancy, kidnappings and other acts creating unnecessary tension among the citizenry to embrace amnesty and drop their arms.

“Violence and criminality are ill winds that blow no one any good. There is no religion that is in support of taking people’s lives under whatever guise.

“Therefore, we must put immediate stop to all acts of terrorism, insurgency, militancy and kidnappings in all parts of the country. I am appealing to the perpetrators to take advantage of the amnesty being offered them and drop their arms.

“We should all be promoting activities that will further enhance our peaceful co-existence and unity as a people. It is only under this atmosphere that our dear country can achieve the much-desired greatness,” he stated.

The governor urged Nigerians to emulate Jesus Christ, who he said offered himself as a living sacrifice for the redemption of mankind.

While congratulating Christians on the successful completion of the 40-day fasting, Ajimobi enjoined them to use the occasion to reflect on the essence of the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, as well as the opportunity it offers them to be closer to their creator.

He added: “Easter is not about wining and dining alone. Rather, it is an occasion to realise that we need to love one another, as exhibited by God, who, out of His love for mankind, offered Jesus Christ to die for our sins and to give life more abundant.

“Let us eschew all divisive tendencies, violence and other things that are antithetical to the teachings of Jesus Christ, which centred on love and compassion for one another.”

The governor commended Christians, Muslims and other religious adherents in the state for their peaceful co-existence, urging them to continue in their prayers for his administration in its quest to ensure better life for all.