The dam is designed to serve as a buffer against possible flood

The Principal Administrative Officer of the Ecological Fund Office (EFO), John Ogwuche, on Monday expressed satisfaction with the level of work done at the Kashimbilla/Gamovo Multi-purpose Buffer Dam site in Takum Local Governent Area of Taraba State.

Ogwuche lauded the progress during an inspection of the dam site.  

The Kashimbilla Dam construction was awarded to Messrs SCC Nigeria Limited in 2007 at the sum of N42.9 billion. The dam is designed to serve mainly as a buffer against the possible flood that could occur due to the collapse of the upper reaches of Lake Nyos in the hills of Cameroun, upstream of the Kashimbilla River.

Meanwhile, a water supply network for irrigation and the construction of hydropower infrastructure have been included in the dam project, and also the construction of a 500 million cubic metre water reservoir.

It will be recalled that the Federal Executive Council, in September 2011, approved the variation order of the hydropower component of the project from 6 megawatts to 40 megawatts in the sum of N17.6 billion.

The upgrade of power generation led to the revision of the contract sum from N42.9 billion to N60.5 billion.

EFO, which supported the project with N18 billion, has been carrying out routine checks in order to ensure good use of the money.   

Ogwuche assured that the money invested in the dam project would yield good results.

“From the progress report presented by the consultant and the contractor, I think a lot has been done, a lot is still ongoing. I think it’s a good job; it’s a great job, I’m actually impressed,” he said.

“Our job is to deal with the environment. This project, or any other project of this sort, has both negative and positive impacts on the environment and any project that has to do with environment, we are always there.”

Ogwuche said they were ready to partner with any ministry or government agency in order to make the country a better place to live. He commended the progress of work done on the airstrip and access road to the local government area.

“We are impressed that the contractor and workers have remained on site, working 24 hours on a double shift arrangement, and the projects have progressed to about 40 percent completion according to the reports,” he said. 

The Chief Resident Engineer of the project, Joseph Nkumoh promised a speedy completion of the multi-faceted project.

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