Nigeria boosts water supply with more dam construction projects

14 November 2014

The Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Reng Ochekp has said that the Federal government is undertaking 149 dam projects and has already completed construction of 37 other large dams.

Among the ongoing dams, the Kashimbila Multipurpose Dam now 87% complete, will serve to control possible flooding from the imminent collapse of Lake Nyos upstream in Cameroon.

The minister also indicated that procurement for the proposed Datsin Hausa Dam was currently being reviewed. The dam is expected to address flooding emanating from uncontrolled release of water from the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon.

Through the new dam construction projects, the ministry will supply water for hydropower, irrigation, fishery development, flood control, tourism and recreation throughout the country. The Minister has also said that 10 dams were rehabilitated during the last four years.

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