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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.

‘GBs have improved infrastructure in Oyo schools’

The Oyo State Government yesterday said that the School Governing Boards (SGBs) have arrested infrastructural decay in various secondary schools across the state, saying that over N2bn have been expended by SGBs, philanthropists and old students associations on new buildings, renovation of the old ones, laboratories, ICT centres, chairs, desks and boreholes.

It said that the participatory schools’ management model, the first of its kind in the country introduced by Governor Abiola Ajimobi a year ago, is executing one infrastructural programme or the other in various schools, explaining that out of the N2bn, the SGBs have spent N1.269 billion realized from the N3,000 session fee paid by each student while projects already commissioned put in place by Old Students, philanthropists and corporate organisations stood at about N0.8billion.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela during a three day expanded stakeholders meeting on Implementation of 2018 State Engagement Plan (SEP) organized by Ministry of Education in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) held at Emmanuel Alayande Resource Centre, Samonda, Ibadan disclosed that the total number of people engaged by Government for this participatory service (SGBs) is 5,652 members for the 628 secondary schools in the state.

Professor Olowofela explained that SGB is made up of nine members who are on voluntary services except the statutory members that are civil servants which include the Principals, who are the secretaries of the Boards, nominees of Council Chairmen and Local Inspector Education (L.I.Es) where the schools are domiciled.

The Commissioner said that the introduction of the SGB was a masterstroke to change the fortune of education in the state, saying, “the SGB has led to renewed rivalry among various old students associations as they are all trying to outdo one another in providing infrastructure for their schools.

During the launch of Education Trust Fund (ETF) in November 2017, the SGB of Government College, Ibadan was honoured as the best SGB and this has in no doubt propelled other SGBs to act.

“Recently, the SGB of Lagelu Grammar School also injected about N250m into the renovation of schools. There are so many SGBs working on renovations of their schools and this is evident in the present state on improved infrastructures as the government also observed that some of the buildings earlier earmarked for rehabilitation have already been renovated by SGBs or Old students.

“Our SGB intervention for schools is a success story and we need to commend various old students association for being part of this laudable achievement to renovate existing buildings, construct new ones, laboratories, ICT centres as well as provision of laboratories equipment, chairs, desks and boreholes,” Professor Olowofela said.