In order to ensure constant, adequate and uninterrupted water supply in the University, the rehabilitation and upgrading of the Opa dam of the University, a project of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, has been inaugurated by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, with the symbolic handing-over of the dam to the contractors.
The Vice-Chancellor, who narrated how the University administration has been maintaining the dam with its meagre resources, expressed appreciation to the Federal Ministry of Water Resources for considering University for this kind gesture, noting that the upgrading project is being done for the University without counterpart funding. He charged the contractor to go about the project in such a way that it will not disrupt water supply to the students’ hostels and the entire University Community, pleading that if there is going to be any shut down of supply, they should inform the University authorities early enough so that provision could be made.
Professor Ogunbodede while describing the Obafemi Awolowo University as a municipality with necessary amenities, assured the contractors and the personnel from the Ministry of Water Resources of decent accommodation and adequate security.
The leader of the team from the Ministry, Engineer Famakinwa Olalekan, in his remark at the handing-over, stated that the project would be in two phases. The first phase according to him would maintain what is on ground, while the second phase would be to dredge the dam to new capacity and lay pipes, explaining that the existing pipes are no longer serviceable and the pumps are not designed to sieve. He said the project would design a sea-trap to stop debris from the connecting rivers from polluting the dam, adding that the University will not be starved of water as the project will be executed in phases. Engineer Famakinwa promised to work with dam rehabilitation task force so that if there is going to be water shut down, the alternative measure could be put in place.
The contractor handling the project, Engineer Hasith Jayawardana of Ceylon Construction Service Limited, assured the University authorities that the company will do quality and standard work which will be delivered on time. He allayed fears of water supply disruption, pointing out that they would look at what is on ground to know what to do in this regard.