Dams and Reservoirs in Nigeria and their Locations

Kainji dam
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Dams and reservoirs play a critical role in Nigeria’s water security and development strategy. Throughout the country, especially in the north where rainfall is low, these structures provide irrigation for agriculture, ensure access to clean drinking water, and even generate hydroelectric power.

In this blog post, we will explore the locations and primary purposes of these vital infrastructure projects.

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The Kainji Dam in Niger state is the largest dam on the Niger River, the third-longest in Africa. It is 72 meters high and an impressive 7.2 kilometers long. The dam generates electricity for major Nigerian cities.
S/nDamsLocationPrimary Usage
1Osun StateEde-Erinle ReservoirWater Supply
2Oyo StateAsejire ReservoirWater Supply
3Sokoto StateBakalori DamIrrigation
4Kano StateChallawa Gorge DamWater Supply
5Gombe StateDadin Kowa DamWater Supply
6Sokoto StateGoronyo DamIrrigation
7Oyo StateIkere Gorge DamHydro-electric, water supply
8Niger StateJebba DamHydro-electric power
9Katsina StateJibiya DamWater Supply, Irrigation
10Bauchi StateKafin Zaki DamPlanned Irrigation
11Niger StateKainji DamHydro-electric
12Adamawa StateKiri DamIrrigation, Plans for hydro-electric
13Ogun StateOyan River DamWater Supply, Irrigation, Hydro-electric
14Niger StateShiroro DamHydro-electric power
15Kano StateTiga DamIrrigation, Water Supply
16Kebbi StateZaura Polder ProjectIrrigation
17Katsina StateZobe DamWater Supply
Dams and Reservoirs in Nigeria and their Locations
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