Four World Bank officials are reported to have drowned on Wednesday at Egbe Dam in Egbe Ekiti, Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State. Egbe Dam is the biggest of the six dams in the state.
The officials were said to have come from the Development Dams and Irrigation Schemes, Kaduna State and had died when the boat carrying seven of them and their equipment capsized.
The Chairman of the Council, Mrs. Folasade Akinrinmola, and the state police command confirmed this to newsmen on Thursday. Akinrinmola said that the incident which occurred on Wednesday’s night involved a team of seven contractors employed by the World Bank on an assessment mission to the dam.
The team had commenced work on Tuesday night from a section of the dam and were moving to other section of the dam when the unfortunate incident happened. Sources said four of the occupants of the boat, who did not wear life jackets died while three others survived.
The three survivors are said to be receiving treatment in a hospital, while the bodies of the dead have fished out by local fishermen, who were said to have been mobilised by the Chairman of Gbonyin Local Government Area, Mrs. Folasade Akinrinmola and have been deposited at the mortuary in Ode-Ekiti, the headquarters of the council.
DSP Alberto Adeyemi, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Ekiti State Police Command, also confirmed the incident.
“It is true that the boat transporting the team capsized, four of them died while three survived.”
The Ekiti State Commissioner for Information, Lanre Ogunsuyi, who visited the scene, described the accident as unfortunate.
Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly have also commiserated with the Federal Government and the World Bank over the death of the officials.
According to a statement by the Speaker’s Special Assistant (Media), Stephen Gbadamosi, the House, at its plenary on Thursday, observed a one-minute silence in honour of the dead officials.