Sokoto -Alhaji Faruku 'Yar-Rimawa, the
Chairman, Goronyo Local Government Area of Sokoto State, has appealed to
the Federal and Sokoto State Governments to partner to develop the
tourism potential of Goronyo Dam.
Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in
Sokoto on Monday, 'Yar-Rimawa noted that the dam had huge hydro-power
and tourism potential.
"The hydro-power potential of the dam should also be developed with a
view to boosting power supply to the state and Nigeria, generally."
He said such an investment was also capable of boosting Nigeria's oil-dependent economy.
"This will also help in further reducing the high rate of
unemployment and poverty and their attendant multiplier negative effects
on the society."
A Federal Government project, Goronyo dam, completed in 1984 and
inaugurated in 1992, is located in Goronyo Local Government Council,
Sokoto State, on the Upper Rima River.
The dam impounds the Rima River and it is a sand-filled structure, with a height of 21 metres and a total length of 12.5 kms
It has a storage capacity of 976 million cubic litres and will assist in controlling floods.
It is also important in releasing water during the dry season for the planned Zauro polder project downstream in Kebbi State.
(NAN)The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the dam belongs to the Federal Government.