Jibiya Dam

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Jibiya Dam
Location Jibiya, Katsina State, Nigeria
Coordinates 13°04′18″N 07°15′06″E / 13.07167°N 7.25167°E / 13.07167; 7.25167Coordinates: 13°04′18″N 07°15′06″E / 13.07167°N 7.25167°E / 13.07167; 7.25167
Dam and spillways
Impounds Gada River, Nigeria
Height 23.5 m
Width (base) 3,600 m
Creates Jibiya lake
Total capacity 142 million m3
Catchment area 400 km2

The Jibiya Dam is in Jibiya local government area of Katsina State in the north of Nigeria. It is an earth-fill structure with a geomembrane liner, with a height of 23.5 m and a total length of 3,660 m, and has a capacity of 142 million m3. The dam was designed in 1987 and completed in 1989, and was built to support irrigation and water supply.[1] The landscape at the dam site is sub-desertic except in the rainy season. The Gada river flows for only about four months each year, with a catchment area at Jibiya of over 400 km2. Due to the loose sandy nature of the surface soil, a flexible impervious liner was used that could adapt to settling or deformation of the embankment.[2]

An assessment of the dam in 2004 rated its condition "good" but noted that no instrument readings had been made since 1994 due to lack of training of the operators.[3] As of 2007, the dam was not being used for irrigation due to lack of fuel to run the pumps.[4] The Gada River flows from Nigeria into Niger and then back into Nigeria. In the past, it was dry for eight months of the year. There is now a regulated flow throughout the year, which has improved the water supply in Niger.[5]


  1. ^ "Jibiya Dam". Sembenelli Consulting. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  2. ^ G. Den Hoedt, ed. (1990). Geotextiles, Geomembranes and Related Products: Canals, reservoirs and dams. Taylor & Francis. p. 419ff. ISBN 90-6191-121-4. 
  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. 
  4. ^ "Presidential candidate 'is not accessible'". Independent Onlone. January 29, 2007. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  5. ^ L. Berga, ed. (18 June 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. Taylor & Francis. p. 316. ISBN 0-415-40423-1.