THE Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP) was set up by the Oyo State Government, with the funding support of the World Bank, in response to the devastating flood of 26th August, 2011 which claimed about 200 lives and destroyed properties valued at tens of billions of Naira.
This initiative of the Oyo State Government, under its Executive Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, was borne out of the fact that Ibadan has witnessed several disastrous flooding incidents since 1933, with successive governments engaging in measures which turned out to be more palliative than curative. It was in view of this that the IUFMP mandate was aimed at providing fundamental and far-reaching solutions to the perennial and incessant flooding that has become characteristic of Ibadan.
With its broad-based Project Development Objectives couched as “to improve the capacity of Oyo State to effectively manage flood risk in the city of Ibadan,” the IUFMP mandate covers primarily, reconstruction of hydraulic devices (bridges, culverts, etc) that were destroyed by the 2011 flood incident, as well as a number of related issues which impact adversely on the predisposition of Ibadan to flooding.
Such issues include the need to design a workable Solid Waste Management Masterplan, the imperative of a Flood Risk Management and Drainage Masterplan, and the essentiality of a comprehensive Ibadan City Master plan.
All of these are geared towards relieving Ibadan of the menace of incessant flooding and upgrading the city to its deserved status of a 21st Century mega city.
By its design, there are three (3) major components of the IUFMP mandate, which are:
> Component 1: Flood Risk Identification, Planning and Preparedness.
> Component 2: Flood Risk Reduction.
> Component 3: Project Administration.
Each of the above 3 components has its implementational sub-components.
Therein lies the mandate of the IUFMP; and it is gratifying that the task is already being faithfully accomplished.
Also, understanding the critical task of communicating its mandate to the people of Ibadan, engaging the people to imbibe anti-flooding habits and attitudes, and enlisting the masses into the vanguard of ensuring a clean and flood-free Ibadan City, recently, the IUFMP organized a 3-day workshop for media organizations in Oyo state.
Participants at the workshop were drawn from across the mainstream media channels of television, radio and newspaper houses, as well as players in the new media / online arm of the communication industry.
It is also imperative to note that the
agency has completed the following projects among others:
1. Shasha-Osajin (Ido LGA):
A 2-cell box culvert with access road
2. Ola-Adua (Ido LGA):
A 3-cell box culvert with access road.
3. Ogbere-Pegba (Akorede LCDA formerly Oluyole LGA)
A 2-span bridge of 15 meters each with approach road.
4 Cele – Rainbow at Oluyole Local Government Area.
Also, as part of its mandate aims at addressing the perennial flood risk of Ibadan, the Oyo state government has handed over the Eleyele Dam to Messrs CGC-CHWE JV for the reconstruction works on the 72-year-old dam.
The reconstruction work is part of the deliverables of the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP).
Continuing, the scope of reconstruction work to be done on the Eleyele Dam, which was originally built in 1946, include rehabilitation of the spillway weir; rehabilitation of the spillway channel to Ologuneru Bridge; rehabilitation and raising of the existing embankment by about 1.8 meters; and rehabilitation of the intake tower, scour channel and scour tunnel.
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