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Oyo flooding: Governor presents 20-year master plan

Oyo flooding: Governor presents 20-year master plan

“The final draft of a 20-year Ibadan city master plan aimed at tackling flooding, as well as charting a new direction for the city has been presented to the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.”- Daily Post

The detailed master plan is expected to be submitted by September. The Ibadan drainage and solid waste master plans are aimed at enhancing infrastructural development and future expansion of Ibadan.

A statement made available to journalists Sunday evening by the Communications office of the Governor stated that the governor received the draft document from the representatives of Design and Architecture Bureau Consulting Engineers, led by the Project Manager, Mr Yann Leclerq, at the Governor’s Office, Ibadan, on Friday.

The Ibadan City master plan, which covers the original 11 Local Government Areas of Ibadanland, examined the state’s natural environment, history of flooding, transport, infrastructure, housing, population among others.

The statement added that Leclerq informed that the draft master plan reflected the immediate and future needs of citizens of the city, whom he said were among the stakeholders that were engaged during the process.

According to him, the development of a master plan was inspired by the August 2011 flooding in Ibadan and those before then, which, he said, were triggered by several natural and human factors.

Particularly, he listed deforestation, development on flood plain, clogging of water surface, informal settlements, dumping in water channels among several human factors responsible for flooding in the city.

“This master plan will provide sound planning frameworks and foundations to attract investment for existing and new business growth. It will prevent flooding episodes for existing and future development areas

“We are also confident that it will improve and expand the city’s transport network. It will aid plans for and accommodate the future population growth. It will also enhance the quality of life for existing and future residents.

Source: Daily Post

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