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Volcanic eruption: Nigeria prepares for possible poisonous gas, flooding from Cameroun
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By Ayoola Ponmile
February 16, 2014 21:21:49pm GMT      |      Views: 2683

WorldStage Newsonline-- The Federal Government of Nigeria said it has put in place measures to control the threat of poisonous gas and flooding that may likely occur as a result of eruption from the weak volcanic Lake Nyos located along the line of volcanic activities in Cameroun.

The Minister of Water Resources Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe made this known while inspecting the Kashimbila  multipurpose Dam site.

In anticipation of the environmental disaster that may accompany  the breakdown of the lake Nyos in Cameroun which may push the poisonous water to States such as Taraba, Benue, Cross River, Kogi and Delta, the federal government has embarked on construction of buffer dam that would accommodate the poisonous water.

The Dam is located between Kashimbila and Gomovo town on River Katsina Ala, Takum Local Government Taraba State close to the country’s border with Cameroun.

In a statement by the ministry's Deputy Director (Press), Mrs. Oyeboade Akinola, the minister said that the Kashimbila multi purpose Dam had an Airstrip constructed to facilitate the evacuation of people who are leaving in the area to a safe place if the lake eventually breaks before the Dam is completed.

According to the minister, the airstrip will serve as an added infrastructure to support economic activities in the Dam.

The statement reads: “The Idea of the Dam came about as a result of response by the Nigerian Government to the likely environmental challenges that we might encounter if the Lake Nyos in Cameroun breaks.

“The Lake is at a terrible stage and  if it breaks, it would cause a lot of disaster to Nigerians, so the Nigerian Government is building this Dam to contain the excess water that would be released in the event of the lake eventually breaks down.

“I will like Nigerians to know that when President Goodluck Jonathan assumed office, the project was about 10 per cent completion but today as we are standing here the Dam is about 75 per cent completion and the President has made available sufficient fund to complete the project.”

Chairman Senate Committee on Water Resources, Mr. Heineken Lokpobiri said that the National Assembly have been supporting Kashimbila Dam project.

He noted that funding would not be a challenge to the completion of the project. He added that the project when completed, would be one of the landmark achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan's administration.

He called on state governments to utilise completed Dams in their States by providing treatment plants and reticulation of the water to the end users as well as make provision for irrigation facilities as Federal Government could not do it alone.

Head of Engineering Selini Construction Company Nigeria Limited, Engineer Efim Frank, said that they are working hard to achieve 100 per cent completion of the Dam and hydro power projects before the end of the year.   

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