Determined to reduce the number of uncompleted projects nationwide, the Mohammadu Buhari led Administration has reiterated its determination to make adequate budgetary provisions to ensure speedy completion of the Kashimbilla Hydro power project in the first quarter of 2019.
This was revealed on Friday 30th November 2018, when newsmen undertook an inspection visit to the project site located in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State.
While speaking with newsmen during the inspection, the Project Manager, Kashimbilla Power Evacuation Project, Abubakar Ali Dapshima, who is an Assistant Director in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power Sector), said the project has 3 components. As a multipurpose dam according to him, Kashimbilla was designed primarily to check the threat of over flow from the structurally weak volcanic active Lake Nyos in the Cameroons. He disclosed that if the river course is not checked, flooding and possible sub – merging of many communities in Taraba, Benue, Cross River, Kogi and Delta States would occur, which in turn, would affect more than 6 million people.
Other components of the dam he stated, include water supply to 400,000 people as part of integrated water resources management requirements and irrigation components of 3000 hectares of irrigable land. It is also envisaged that the dam will promote tourism and alleviate poverty while creating hundreds of jobs to the local communities.
For the Power Sector, Abubakar said the realization of 40MW is a good omen for the attainment of the government’s objective of incremental power supply which Nigerians are yearning for, pointing out that the Kashimbilla plant on completion, would increase the power on the national grid by 40MW, just as he identified the importance of the construction of 132KV Double Circuit from the plant site through Takum, Wukari to Yandev in Benue State. He added that transmission ancillary facilities will also assist in the provision of power transportation infrastructure in Yandev and its environs.
On his part, Solomon Ejodemen, STE Energy Installation Engineer in charge of procurement, installation and commissioning of the Kashimbilla hydro power project said that all would be done to ensure that the 40MW hydro power plant is completed within the time – frame, just as he disclosed that the Kashimbilla 132/32KV Transmission Sub – station is ready to evacuate power.