The Ekiti state government has said that the four persons that died after their boat capsized at Egbe Dam in Gbonyin Local Government Area of the state were neither World Bank officials nor workers of the state government, PUNCH reports.
A statement by Idowu Adelusi, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ayo Fayose, said the victims were staffers of Enviplan Nigeria Limited, the company that was awarded the contract for the Bathymetry Surveying of the Dam.
He said that though World Bank sponsored the project, it’s staff members were not involved in the tragic incident.
The project was tagged: “Third Urban Water Sector Reform Project”, adding that the state awarded the contract for the to the company
“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 were, 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 member was involved.
The Third Urban Water Project commiserates with the families of the departed and pray that God grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” the statement read.