The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has recently inaugurated the Steering Committee of the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP)- a World Bank Project aimed at tackling the flood risk propensity of Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.
During the inauguration of the Steering Committee on Monday, the Governor said the members of the committee were expected to bring their wealth of experience to bear on the project to help in realizing the aim of effectively managing the risk of flood in Ibadan and the entire Oyo State.
He stated that the Steering Committee is the highest policy-making body of the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP), adding that the Commissioner of Finance would chair the Committee.
Apart from the Governor who chairs the Committee, other members include the Commissioner for Finance, who chairs the committee in the absence of the Governor; the commissioners for Environment and Natural Resources; Public Works, Infrastructure and Transport; Lands, Housing and Urban Development; Director General, Oyo State Bureau of Public Procurement; Chairman, Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency; permanent secretaries ministries of Environment, Lands and Housing, and Public Works and Infrastructure, as well as the Project Coordinator of the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP).
The Project Coordinator of IUFMP, Mr. Dayo Ayorinde, who threw more light on the project said that the inauguration of the Steering Committee was coming ahead of the mid-term review of the project expected later in the week, adding that the inauguration would boost the rating of the project by international partners.
Ayorinde revealed that, “The Mid-term review would afford the government the opportunity to add or subtract from provisions of the project. It is a project of eight years and we have done four years, so it’s the right time to inaugurate the steering committee and review the entire project.”
“Right now, the state government is trying to review the project and include solid waste management in the project,” he added.