Thursday, August 5, 2010

Government to resuscitate dams for electricity generation

As part of efforts to boost power supply in the country, the federal government said it is compiling studies of all the abandoned dams across the country in order to resuscitate them for electricity generation.

The Minister of State for Power, Ach. Nuhu Somo Wya, made this known during a stakeholders' workshop on electricity efficiency, standards in Abuja recently. The minister who was represented by the Director of Electrical Inspectorate, Newton Olagbade, stated that the need to revive these dams was coming on the backdrop that government have realised the amount of electricity to be generated from them to add to the national grid.

Listing the dams to include Oyo Dam in Ogun State, Kere Dam in Oyo State and Dadinkowa Dam in Gombe State, he said the dams can generate 10 mega watts, 6 and 34 mega watts of electricity respectively.

In his words, "Government is concentrating on small and medium hydros. All over the country we have a lot of dams managed by respective agencies through the federal ministry of water resources, this dams were conceived for irrigation, and water supply purposes only.


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