The Director of Dams in the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Emmanuel Adanu, has assured that construction of the Otukpo multipurpose dam in Benue State, will be completed in 2014.
He gave the assurance when the delegation of the National Good Governance Tour visited the project site. Adanu said the dam will supply portable water to Ado, Ohimini and Otukpo Local Government Areas when completed.
This is even as he said the Camerronian authorities did nothing wrong in releasing excess water from Lagdo dam that caused massive flooding in communities along River Benue banks in Nigeria. Adanu said: “The Cameroonians did nothing wrong. When there is excess water in a dam the safest thing to do is to release it in order to avoid breakage, which is more dangerous.”
Mr. Adanu added that Nigeria will do the same thing whenever any of its dams is stressed.
In his remarks, Information Minister Labaran Maku said the project is one of the many dams being constructed across the country by the Federal Government.
He urged the contractor to expedite work on the site in order to meet the stipulated deadline.
The contract was awarded in 2010 at a cost of N17 billion. The dam has a reservoir capacity of about 100 million cubic meters of water and will have a hydro power plant that will generate 3.3 mega watts of electricity upon completion.