Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has restated the state government’s commitment towards actualising the Ibadan City Master Plan by 2035.
He affirmed this resolve at a workshop organised by the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development for representatives of relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and stakeholders towards getting required data for the preparation of Ibadan City Master plan.
Represented by his Special Adviser on Environment, Mr Waheed Gbadamosi, at the event held at Ibadan Business School, Ibadan, on Wednesday, Ajimobi held that the 20-year project of an Ibadan city master plan would positively affect physical growth, development pattern and the aesthetic look of Ibadan.
While noting the funding support of the World Bank for the project, consequent upon the August 2011 flood incident in Ibadan, he noted that the project would cover flood risk identification, prevention and preparedness measures, flood risk reduction and project administration.
Permanent Secretary (General Administration) and Chairman, Technical Committee on Master Plans, Mr David Oyewole, said that the project was aimed at gaining an understanding of the current status of Ibadan metropolis, enhance acquisition of primary and secondary data and the development of strategy supporting the master plan from 2015 to 2035.
According to Oyewole, the Ibadan City Master Plan would ensure improved socio-economic development, coordinated physical growth, enhanced living standards of residents and better service delivery that would make the city resilient to flooding and responsive to natural disasters.