- 40mw Dadin-Kowa hydro-power is now ready for inauguration
- The project was initiated in 1959, a year before Nigeria got her independence
- Former military president, IBB, first inaugurated the dam project in 1988
Sixty years after it was abandoned, the Dadin-Kowa hydro-power plant in Gombe state, which was initiated in 1959 to generate 40 megawatts of electricity is now ready for inauguration.
Daily Trust reports that those familiar with the project described it as “a success story” despite the long delay it suffered.
Legit.ng gathered that people of Dadin-Kowa and adjoining communities said the power project would add impetus to the socio-economic development of the northern region and the country at large.
According to the report, although the project was initiated a year before Nigeria’s independence, the contract for the dam project was not awarded until 1980, and the inauguration eight years later, in 1988, by then military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.
The report noted that the reservoir has a capacity of 800 million cubic meters of water and a surface area of 300 square km and that the dam has potential as a source of fish, but nothing serious was done on the electricity potential until recently.
It further stressed that while the dam was inaugurated nearly 40 years ago in 1988, work on the electricity component, designed to be producing 40 megawatts of electricity, has been going back and forth for 31 years after the dam components had been completed.
The Dadin-Kowa Dam is located 5km north of Dadin- Kowa village and 37km from Gombe town, along Biu road.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Nigerians would soon pay more for electricity as the federal government was planning to increase tariffs when it completes power projects across the country.
It was reported that the minister of power, Sale Mamman, said the increase in electricity tariffs was inevitable in view of the rising cost of electricity generation in the country.
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Mamman disclosed that electricity supply would improve when power projects in the country were completed as he added that it would result in the increase in tariffs because the cost of generating electricity must be met by the operators.
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