Ikere Gorge Dam

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Ikere Gorge Dam
Location Oyo State, Nigeria
Coordinates 8°10′35″N 3°44′11″E / 8.17639°N 3.73639°E / 8.17639; 3.73639Coordinates: 8°10′35″N 3°44′11″E / 8.17639°N 3.73639°E / 8.17639; 3.73639
Dam and spillways
Impounds Ogun River
Creates Ikere Gorge Dam
Total capacity 690 million m3
Surface area 47 km2

The Ikere Gorge Dam is a major earth-fill dam in Iseyin local government area of Oyo State in the south west of Nigeria on the Ogun River. Reservoir capacity is 690 million m3.[1] The dam was initiated by the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo and started in 1983 by the administration of Shehu Shagari. The dam was planned to generate 3750 MW of electricity, to supply water to local communities and to Lagos and to irrigate 12,000 hectares of land. Built in 1982/1983, work on the dam was abandoned by subsequent military governments.[2] A report for the UN in 2004 said that no irrigation had taken place so far, but efforts were being made to implement one of the five planned irrigation projects. The project was based on the sprinkler system which is difficult to manage and requires that the farmers be trained.[3]


  1. ^ L. Berga, ed. (2006). Dams and Reservoirs, Societies and Environment in the 21st Century: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Dams in the Societies of the 21st Century, 22nd International Congress on Large Dams (ICOLD), Barcelona, Spain, 18 June 2006. Taylor & Francis. p. 314. ISBN 0-415-40423-1. 
  2. ^ "Ikere Gorge Dam". Iseyinland. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  3. ^ Enplan Group (September 2004). "Review of The Public Sector Irrigation in Nigeria". Federal Ministry of Water Resources / UN Food & Agricultural Organization. Retrieved 2010-05-21.