As part of efforts to proactively forestall annual flooding in Ibadan during the ongoing rainy season, especially already given signals and flooding predictions, the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP) has launched dredging of 45 rivers and streams as well as desilting of blocked drains at different locations across the 11 local government areas within Ibadan metropolis.
The dredging activity sub-project, packaged into four lots, was competitively bid for by over 20 duly qualified companies, resulting in the emergence of four successful bidders. The successful companies are Transcend Construction Limited given Lot 1, Dephany Ventures Limited (Lot 2), Dutum Company Limited (Lot 3), and Lopek Engineering & Construction Limited (Lot 4) and four topnotch engineering professionals have been engaged as the supervising consultants for each of the four lots.
The Acting Project Coordinator of IUFMP, Engr. Olasunkanmi Sokeye explained that the approval of Governor Makinde for the task was essential to protect the lives and property of people against any losses from flooding.
He added that the imperative of executing the task in line with the specified engineering requirements and in strict compliance with environmental and social safeguards standards cannot be compromised and the dredging works, which consist of eleven sites each for Lots 1 to 3 and twelve locations for Lot 4, is to be executed within six weeks.
The continuous exercise is to complement the project’s ongoing implementation of reconstruction of damaged hydraulic infrastructure across the city and the exercise has helped to enhance the capacity of the many water channels within the city to discharge flood water, thus boosting the flooding resilience index of the metropolis.
Dutum (Lot 3) will dredge 11 rivers in the Ibadan metropolis.