World Water Week Applauds Nigeria on Showcasing Kashimbilla Dam
On September 3, the Nigerian Government was applauded in Sweden for her efforts in constructing the multi-billion naira Kashimbilla Dam as one of the global strategies for connecting the nexus of food, water and energy.
While speaking at the African Focus Day at the 24th Edition of the World Water Week in Stockholm - Sweden, the Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Reng Ochekpe said that the dam which cost the federal government $1 billion would generate about 30 megawatts of electricity to Benue and Taraba States.
Sarah Ochekpe also noted that the project was undertaken by the Government as a preventive measure to cushion the likely eventual breakage of Lake Nyos in the Cameroon as well as for use in irrigation purposes.
“The Kashimbilla / Gamovo Buffer Dam and Associated Structures in Taraba State of Nigeria is a multipurpose dam, principally designed to check the threat of the flood anticipated from the imminent break of the structurally weak volcanic Lake Nyos, situated upstream along the Cameroon line of volcanic activity. The Kashimbilla Dam Project is therefore a proactive preemptive response by the Government of Nigeria to the report of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) on theanticipated great catastrophe that might result from the imminent collapse of Lake Nyos,” the Minister explained.
The Kashimbilla Multipurpose Dam Project has three components comprising of 40 megawatts hydro power which would utilize about 140 m3/second water supply component, including a water treatment plant with a capacity of 60,000m3 /day to provide water to about 400,000 people and an irrigation component designed to utilize 86,400m3/ day to irrigate about 2000 hectares of farmland.