Abuja - The Federal Government has completed the construction of 37 large dams over the country in the four years of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s administration, senior government officials said.
A total of 149 other projects were ongoing.
The Minister of Water Resources Sarah Reng Ochekpe, made this known in her presentation at the just concluded four-day Public Affairs Forum on the Jonathan administration.
The presentation was titled “Four Impactful Years” organized by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, in Abuja.
The Minister said that the Ministry engaged in the construction, operation and maintenance of dams nationwide to draw water for potable water supply, hydropower, irrigation, fishery development, flood control, tourism and recreation.
“The Ministry, in the last four years completed 37 large dams of various sizes, rehabilitated 10 dams, while the construction works on 149 dams of various capacities are ongoing across the country.”
According to her, out of the 37 completed dams, 16 were with hydropower potential capable of generating 135.15 megawatts of electricity, adding that when the construction works of all the dams are completed the water impoundment in the nation’s dams would be increased by 3.6 billion cubic metres.
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She said some existing dams including the breached Goronyo Dam emergency spillway in Sokoto, Alau Dam in Borno, Tiga and Chalawa Gorge dams in Kano, Hadejia Barrage in Hadejia as well as other dams in many states had been rehabilitated for more optimal operation.
Speaking on Kashimbila multipurpose dam, the Minister said that the dam was intended to control likely flood from the imminent collapse of Lake Nyos upstream in Cameroon and it had recorded 87 percent completion status.
She also said the procurement of the works on the proposed Datsin Hausa Dam that would address the issues of flooding as a result of uncontrolled releases of water from Lagdo Dam in Cameroon was currently under review.
– CAJ News