ABUJA – The Minister of Water Resources, Mrs Sarah Ochekpe, on Monday advised the Nigerian Committee on Large Dams (NICOLD) to adopt special considerations in the design of dams and reservoirs
The minister, who was represented by Mr Reginald Ikpeawujo, the Director of Dams in the ministry, added that the special considerations would guarantee the safety and environmental sustainability of dams in the country.
“There is no overstressing the fact that dams contribute immensely to the nation’s economy through its multi-purpose uses in irrigated agriculture, domestic water supply, hydro power generation, reservoir, fisheries and tourism.“
Ochekpe added that the meeting, which had the theme: “Dams Development and Flood Control in a Climate Changing Environment“ was apt in view of the need to address the negative effects of climate change on the environment globally. [eap_ad_2] “Therefore, I believe that this topic will challenge the professionals to share current knowledge and experience on ways of enhancing the contributions of dams and reservoirs in mitigating the impact of climate change,“ she said.
Earlier, President of NICOLD, Mr Josephat Okoye, said that the theme of the meeting underscored the need to develop large dams to mitigate the impact of flooding or drought resulting from global warming.
He urged the Federal Government to establish a code of practice for the design, development and operation of dams in the country.
“Dams break analyses should be carried out and emergency preparedness programmes developed for all major dams in the country,“ Okoye said.
NICOLD was formed in 1973 as the Nigerian representative of the International Commission on Large Dams.
It comprises professionals and corporate bodies in the dam development sector. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]