Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Flood damages N10 bn property in UI

The University of Ibadan lost property estimated at N10billion to the flood disaster that ravaged Ibadan city last Friday.

According to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Isaac Adewole, the loss was so much that the management had appealed to the Federal Government for assistance.

Prof. Adewole said: “There is no way we can handle this alone. For us to return to our form, we certainly need government’s assistance because this devastation is quite massive”.

Breaking down the losses, he said: “The major calamity suffered by the university include the washing away of the Fish Farm with different species of fish valued at about N300 million, over flooding of the Zoological Garden, leading to the death of animals, extensive damage of the Teaching and Research Farm and the destruction of books estimated to the tune of N2billion.

”Besides, many gigantic buildings, laboratories and expensive equipment were destroyed by the flood which equally pulled down the university fence and 13 electricity poles, thereby compounding the hitherto poor electricity supply to the institution.”

The Vice Chancellor added that disaster also affected students living at the Obafemi Awolowo Hall, especially those in ground floor and topmost floor.

Corroborating Prof Adewole, Head of Department of Fishery, Dr Bamidele Omitoye, said that special species of fish such as claias gariepinus, heterobranchus bidorsalis, oreochromis niloticus and parachana obscura were swept away.

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