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Ogun State: 5 Facts About Oyan River Dam

The Oyan river dam is significant for the use of water in some parts of Ogun State as well as the neighbouring Lagos State.

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The Oyan river dam is significant for the use of water in some parts of Ogun State as well as the neighbouring Lagos State.

It is located in Abeokuta North local government area of Ogun State, about 20 km northwest of the state capital Abeokuta.

The dam crosses the Oyan River, a tributary of the Ogun River and has been used primarily to supply raw water to Lagos and Abeokuta, but has potential for use in irrigation and power generation.

Here are 5 Facts About Oyan River Dam You Need To Know

  1. The Oyan river dam was commissioned on 29 March 1983 by president Shehu Shagari, and is operated by the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority.
  2. It was designed to supply raw water to Lagos and Abeokuta, and to support the 3,000 hectare Lower Ogun Irrigation Project.
  3. Three turbines of 3 megawatts each were installed in 1983 but as of 2007 had not been used.
  4. During it’s construction, 22 villages were submerged, with the displaced people moved to three settlement camps.
  5. A 2009 study of levels of urinary schistosomiasis in the Ibaro-Oyan and Abule Titun communities, which depend on the Oyan Dam for their livelihood, found high levels of infection due to use of untreated water.

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