Dadin Kowa Dam

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Dadin Kowa Dam
Gongola River.png
Gongola River
Location Gombe State, Nigeria
Coordinates 10°19′19″N 11°28′54″E / 10.32194°N 11.48167°E / 10.32194; 11.48167Coordinates: 10°19′19″N 11°28′54″E / 10.32194°N 11.48167°E / 10.32194; 11.48167
Opening date 1984
Dam and spillways
Impounds Gongola River
Creates Lake Dadin Kowa
Total capacity 800 million m3
Surface area 300 km2

The Dadin Kowa Dam is in Yamaltu local government area of Gombe State in the north east of Nigeria. The dam is located about 35 kilometers to the east of Gombe town, and provides drinking water for the town. The dam was completed by the federal government in 1984, with the goal of providing irrigation and electricity for the planned Gongola sugar plantation project.[1]


The reservoir has a capacity of 800 million cubic meters of water and a surface area of 300 square kilometers, and has potential as a source of fish.[2][3] 26,000 people were displaced by the reservoir, receiving little assistance for resettlement.[4] The reservoir is suspected to be a major breeding site for black flies, which cause river blindness.[5]

The water supply project was built at a cost of about N8.2billion by CGC Nigeria, a Chinese company, completed during the administration of Governor Mohammed Danjuma Goje. In 2010 it was providing about 30,000 cubic meters daily, treated at a plant three kilometers from the dam before being piped to storage reservoirs in Gombe while supplying communities along the road.[6]

In August 2001 the federal government announced that it would spend $32 million to complete the Dadin Kowa Dam power generation facilities.[7] In March 2009 N7 billion was allocated to complete the hydro-electrical generation component of the dam, and another N500 million to complete the canal, which would irrigate 6,600 hectares of farmland.[3] In August 2009 Governor Goje said that less than N600 million was needed to provide the canals.[8]


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  3. ^ a b "FG earmarks N7bln for Dadin Kowa Dam project in Gombe". Radio Kwara. 2009-03-28. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  4. ^ William Mark Adams (2001). Green development: environment and sustainability in the Third World. Routledge. p. 238. ISBN 0-415-14766-2. 
  5. ^ "Gombe Fights River Blindness". Leadership (Abuja). 29 October 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  6. ^ Mike Ogbu (23 March 2010). "Gombe Rural Communities Enjoy Potable Water -Isa". Daily Independent. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  7. ^ Kingsley Nwezeh (29 August 2001). "FG to Spend $32m On Gombe Dam Project". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  8. ^ Segun Awofadeji (29 August 2009). "Goje Urges FG On Mambila Power Project". ThisDay.