Dam tragedy: Victims not World Bank officials- Ekiti govt
Ekiti State Government has cleared the air on the status of the four
persons that died during the week at Egbe Dam in Gbonyin Local
Government Area of the state, saying the victims were neither World
Bank officials nor staff of Ekiti State Government.
In a statement on Friday in Ado-Ekiti by the Chief Press Secretary to
the Governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi, the government said though the Third
Urban Water Sector Reform Project was sponsored by the World Bank, the
contract for the bathymetry surveying of the dam was awarded to
Enviplan Nigeria Limited, whose staff were involved in the unfortunate
The statement said the company was to work on Ureje, Egbe, Itapaji and Ero dams.
”The sad incident happened because some safety measures were not
adhered to by the deceased who refused to wear life jackets and those
who survived wore life jackets provided by the company. The victims
are staff of Enviplan Nigeria Limited which is a consulting firm to
the World Bank.
“The victims are Alaran Tirimisiyu, Abdulwaheed Alayande, David Malu
and Albert, while the survivors are Charles Ehinlaye, Bukky Ajet and
Yahaya. It should be noted that no World Bank official or Ekiti State
Water Corporation staff was involved.
“The Third Urban Water Project commiserate with the families of the
departed and pray that God grants them the fortitude to bear the
irreparable loss,” the statement read in part.