Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has said the state’s
partnership with the World Bank, through the Nigeria Erosion and
Watershed Management Project (NEW-MAP), would put an end to perennial
flooding in some areas of the state.
Dr Fayemi stated this in Ikere Ekiti on Monday when he led some
officials on an inspection of channelization projects and Gully
Erosion Control work in Ikere-Ekiti as well as other project sites in
The Governor said the erosion control project is being accorded urgent
attention in order to ensure the projects are completed before the
rainy season, in order to checkmate the massive flooding usually
experienced in the areas.
Accompanied on the inspection by the NEW-MAP Project Coordinator, Dr
Akinyemi Akinyugba and the Commissioner for Environment and Natural
Resources, Barrister Iyabo Fakunle -Okhiemen, Governor Fayemi said his
administration was passionate about environmental safety of the people
as outlined in its development agenda.
The Governor who inspected the channelization of Aiya I and II Gully
Erosion Control Work in different parts of Ikere, including the 2.6km
Bisi Aloba – Adun Ogbon channelization project, the newly completed
Ajolagun bridge which had cut off thousands of residents from the main
town for many years as well as Afao – Oreibu community gully erosion
control project, told journalists at the end of the exercise that he
was satisfied with the quality of work done by the contractors.
Scores of residents of the areas trooped out to appreciate the
Governor for the timely intervention in the erosion matter, even as he
disclosed that the World Bank was also monitoring the project in order
to ensure quality work and timely delivery.
Dr Fayemi who also inspected the Ekiti Cargo and Passenger Airport
project site, assured Ekiti people that the project would be
commissioned before he leaves office in October. He said he would
continue to invest in essential, economic and social projects aimed at
improving the quality of lives of the people as well as reposition
Ekiti as preferred destination of choice to investors.
“I have said repeatedly that we would work till the Last day in office
and whatever it takes for us to deliver on the promises we have made
to our people, we would do that. This network of roads and
channelization for erosion management in Ikere is just one aspect of
that, if you’ve seen all the places we’ve been to, it is a network
that takes care of all the flooding issues that we’ve been having in
this large community here in Ekiti south.
“I am sure that the contractors will finish the work on time and of
course, we are mindful of the rains but we still have quite a bit of
time, you can see that by the time they link all the channelized areas
and resurfaced the roads and the drains, it should be finished by
March latest and rain would not have taken over at that time so that
the communities would no longer be under the threat of being submerged
“That is what we are trying to address here with this erosion
management project.” He added.
On the airport project, Dr Fayemi said: “This was the agreement we had
that this project would be finished, the runway, the terminal
building, the taxi way, the access road to the airport, control tower,
everything will be ready and the professionals will not sign up to a
contract if they are not sure they can finish it and you heard what
they are doing with the runway alone which had now gone to 2.3km out