Friday, August 26, 2016 12:15 pm
The Third National Urban Water Sector Reform said on Thursday that the four workmen who drowned in Ekiti on Thursday are not World Bank officials as generally reported.
The agency in a statement issued late on Thursday by it’s Communication Specialist, Nancy Otagbo, said the deceased which it identified as Alaran Tirimisiyu, Abdulwaheed Alayande, David Malu and Albert were surveyors.
The names of the survivors, according to the statement, are Charles Eninlaye, Bukky Ajet and Yahaya.
“The Unfortunate drowning of four workmen working as topo-surveyors on Egbe Dam is highly regretted and unfortunate and a loss too many.”
“The Third National Urban Water Sector Reform Project is a project funded by the World Bank with a target to achieve maximum reform in Ekiti State water sector.
“While we lament the sad loss, we wish to state that the Consultant was awarded the assignment to carry out Bathymetry Survey of four dams in the state biz: Ureje, Egbe, Itapaji and Ero.
“The sad incident happened because some safety measures were not adhered to by the deceased: refusal to wear life jackets and those who survived wore life jackets provided by the company.
“It should be noted that neither World Bank official nor Water Corporation staff member was involved. Ekiti State Government commiserates with the families of the departed and pray God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”