Our dams are under-utilised

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 Our dams are under-utilised — Expert

• Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008

A former member of the House of Representatives, Mrs Janet Adeyemi, says that dams in Nigeria are under-utilised.

Adeyemi, an engineer and the publicity secretary of the Nigerian Committee on Large Dams (NICOLD), said this in an interview with the newsmen in Abuja.

She said if the existing dams were optimally utilised, Nigeria would have no business with epileptic -power supply.

NICOLD, an affiliate of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), was established in Nigeria three years ago.

It was set up, among other objectives, to draw the government’s attention to the need for proper construction, operation and management of dams to ensure safety and standards.

Adeyemi said with abundant sources of electricity generation, like solar, wind, water and fuel, Nigeria should not experience unstable power supply.

“All we need is a synergy of all sources of electricity generation and effectively manage them,” she said.

Adeyemi said that NICOLD, whose new executive was inaugurated in Abuja in December, last year, would recommend to the federal and state governments how dams could be effectively used to generate hydro-electricity.

“Quite a number of dams in Nigeria can generate electricity, all we need to do is to put in the turbines and once you put in the turbines, they will generate electricity,” she said.

She, however, explained that the quanta of electricity the dams could generate would depend on their sizes.

She said the new executive of NICOLD would visit state governors to inform them of the existence of the committee.

The visit, she added, would also afford the governors the opportunity of being informed on how ‘they could use dams in their states to generate electricity.

Adeyemi said that dams had many economic benefits, including water supply, hydro-power generation, downstream irrigation, fishing and tourism.

Our correspondent recalls that Dr Abba Ruma, the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, said last month in Abuja that existing dams in Nigeria could only generate about 2,000 megawatts.

“But studies have shown that over 5,000 megawatts can be generated from these dams with the installation of the appropriate hydro-power stations,” Ruma said during the First Annual Conference of NICOLD.


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