Final draft of a 20-year Ibadan city masterplan aimed at ending the regime of flooding as well as charting a new direction for the city was at the weekend presented to Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State.
The detailed masterplan is expected to be submitted by September, while the Ibadan drainage and solid waste master plans are expected to be developed as a trio of masterplans aimed at enhancing infrastructural development and future expansion of Ibadan.
Ajimobi received the draft document from representatives of Design and Architecture Bureau Consulting Engineers (dar), led by the Project Manager, Mr Yann Leclerq, at the Governor’s Office, Ibadan.
The Ibadan City master plan, which covers the original 11 local government areas of Ibadanland, examined the state’s natural environment, history of flooding, transport, infrastructure, housing, population among others.
Leclerq in his presentation to members of the state executive council, stated that the draft masterplan reflected the immediate and future needs of citizens of the city, whom he said were among the stakeholders that were engaged during the process.
He said the development of a masterplan was inspired by the August 2011 flooding in Ibadan and those before it, which, he stated, were triggered by several natural and human factors.
Particularly, he listed deforestation, development on flood plain, clogging of water surface, informal settlements, dumping in water channels among several human factors responsible for flooding in the city.
He said, “This masterplan will provide sound planning frameworks and foundations to attract investment for existing and new business growth. It will prevent flooding episodes for existing and future development areas.
“We are also confident that it will improve and expand the city’s transport network. It will aid plans for and accommodate the future population growth. It will also enhance the quality of life for existing and future residents.
“Part of the objectives is to use this plan to establish the basis for the provision of adequate infrastructure capable of meeting the need of the population.”
According to him, a detailed urban plan, which he said was the next phase of the project, would include the core areas, flood prone areas and the circular road under construction.
He added that the presentation was aimed at aggregating and incorporating the comments of state executive council and critical stakeholders, leading to the presentation of a detailed plan in September.
The draft masterplan focuses on land use distribution, heritage and tourism, education and healthcare facilities, fire stations and security network, transport network, prevention of flooding and sustainable drainage systems, as well as pedestrian and bicycle networks.
Ajimobi in his remark, said lack of a masterplan contributed to the vulnerability of the city leading to natural disasters, such as the flooding witnessed on August 26, 2011.
Instead of emphasizing only mass transit system of transportation as contained in the draft document, he tasked the consultants to incorporate intra and inter-city rail system into the final document to take advantage of the existing Lagos-Ibadan rail line.
He said, “I will also want you to incorporate how the state can cope with the existing structures and settlements. It will give us legitimacy to remove illegal structures on flood plains. I know the implementation may pose challenges, but let us see.
“In making recommendations on street trading, emphasis should be on enforcement. But, at the same time, you have to take into consideration our culture and peculiarities. For instance, can we have trading axis, neighbourhood markets and the rest.
“You have listened to the observations and contributions of the members of the executive council. Please, work on these so that we may have a robust masterplan that will ensure coordinated physical growth, improved socio-economic development and enhanced living standards of residents.
“More importantly, this will make the city resilient to stress and responsive to natural disasters, especially flooding in the future.”