By Olufemi Olaniyi
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has begged the World Bank not to withdraw its support for the Ibadan Flood Control projects.
The governor made the appeal in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Taiwo Adisa.
The statement read in part, “Already, Governor Makinde’s appeal has been forwarded to the World Bank with six strategic and critical progress milestones comprising Activities, Proactive Steps and Status.”
It stated that while a correspondence from the World Bank, signed by Mr. Shubham Chaudhuri, Country Director, Nigeria, Western and Central Africa Region, had conveyed the determination of the status of its support for the project, the said decision was not as a result of undue interference by Makinde.
“The state will continue to fund and complete works post-June 2022 project completion date, should project works at all Lots extend beyond the end date.”
The statement further read, “Contrary to insinuations in some partisan quarters about interests and lack of continuity, only last week, IUFMP awarded dredging of forty-five (45) streams within and around Ibadan metropolis, as part of its palliative measures.
“The dredging exercise is ongoing, helping to provide instant relief to residents of flood-prone areas where structural interventions are yet to take place.
“Work on the long-term investments is on-going on the channels of Agodi, Kudeti, Ogbere, Orogun, etc. as earlier launched, barring the occasional drawbacks by the inclement weather.
“No where in the letter from the World Bank were issues of personal interest or insistence on some contractors mentioned.”