By November 7, it will be three years since the contractor handling the 40megawatts Dadin-Kowa hydropower plant project in Yamaltu/Deba Local Government Area of Gombe State announced it was ready for commissioning. Three years after, Daily Trust Saturday visited the power plant and wrote about its desolate condition and the dashed hope of its host community.
The Dadin-Kowa hydropower plant was initiated in 1959 and is located in the present Gombe State to generate 40megawatts of electricity.
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The people of Dadin-Kowa town and adjoining communities were delighted that the power project would spur the socio-economic development of the state, the northern region, and the country in general.
Although the project was initiated a year before Nigeria’s independence, the contract for the dam was not awarded until 1980, and the inauguration eight years later, in 1988, by then military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.
The reservoir has a capacity of 800 million cubic meters of water and a surface area of 300 square km.