The people of Ogwashi-Uku community in Delta State have appealed to the Federal Government to complete the N3.6 billion earth dam in Aboh-Ogwashi, in view of its importance to the development of the state.
Apart from generating electricity to the national grid, the dam is expected to boost agriculture and tourism as well as supply water to the entire Ogwashi-Uku town.
According to the Community Liaison Officer of the Project, Chief Paul Onwudiamu, who conducted newsmen round the site of the project at the weekend, the project was nearing completion as water had already been impounded while the construction of the speedway and valves had been completed.
Onwudiamu, who is also the head of Aboh-Ogwashi community, disclosed that the contractor handling the 1.6km access road from Ogwashi-Asaba Expressway was yet to apply asphalt on the road after the initial earth work and construction of gutters had been completed.
The liaison officer said what is required now is the installation of turbines, adding that “we are aware that money for the turbines and the road project is ready”.
He urged the federal Ministry of Water Resources to expedite action on the dam by mobilising contractors to site.
Nigerian Tribune learnt that the construction of the dam started over 10 years ago but suffered setback until the President Goodluck Jonathan administration came on board.
Due to the impounded water, the dam has been turned into a beach by fun-seeking people, especially students.