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IKERE GEORGE DAM:, AN ABANDONED GOLD MINE: A CLARION CALL TO SOUTH/WEST LEADERS BY FADARE NURENI Ph.D

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Ikere George Dam is located in Iseyin, Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State. The dam is an earth-fill dam covering about 47 km2 surface area, capable of generating about 37.55 mw of electricity with a reservoir capacity of about 690 million cubic metres The dam was also planned to irrigate about 12,000 hectares of land. The project was conceived under the administration of General Olusegun Obasanjo, 1976-1979 but was constructed under Alhaji Shehu Shagari administration in 1982/1983. Subsequent administrations have abandoned the project to its perilous state.

There is an urgent need for the six South-West governors to come together, pull resources together and complete the Ikere George Dam. It will provide direct labour for more than two million youths.

The irrigation section of the project is completed. About twenty years ago, farmers in Iseyin contributed money to purchase fuel to power the plant and lands were allotted around NIKO Iseyin-Oyo road, I think about 25,000 Naira per acre then, can’t vividly remember now. We went for an acre and we planted water melon and okro. It was a great experience. The dry season farm produced just like the normal rainy season planting. We made our profit. NIKO farm alone can produce pepper, tomatoes, Okro, cucumber, green peppers, watermelon, etc for the whole of Southwest and the whole of Benin Republic if put to use.

Besides, it will be used for fishery that will employ thousands of youth. It has the capacity to supply potable water to Oyo, Ogun and Lagos.

It can generate 37.55 mw of electricity that can be used by the people of Oke-Ogun and power all the farm machines. The environment is conducive for ranching capable of producing cows and other livestock that will feed the whole of West Africa.

Leadership is all about being proactive and visionary. Our leaders owe us a duty of turning our challenges to prospects. By completing Ikere George Dam, many of our political, economic and social problems will be solved.

It’s our duty to let our leaders see the reason why this gold mines should not be abandoned to waste. We must act NOW, tomorrow is too far!!!

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Nureni Oyewole Fadare, Ph.D
Department of English Language and Linguistics,
Sokoto State University,
Sokoto.
(From Iseyin, Oke-Ogun)

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