By Mohammed Usman
The Federal Government has inaugurated an Inter-Ministerial committee to develop the tourism potentials of the multipurpose Kashimbila Dam in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba state.
According to the statement signed by Attari Monday Hope on behalf of Head of Press and Public Relations Unit of the water ministry, the Inter-Ministerial committee was made up of the officials of the Federal Ministries of Water Resources, Niger Delta Affairs, Mines and Steel Development and Tourism Culture and the National Orientation Agency.
The statement added that the committee was charged with the responsibility of carrying out the feasibility study of the dam in order to explore its tourism potentials.
Further, the statement said that the chairman of the Committee who is also the Director of Dams and Reservoir Operations of the Ministry of Water Resources, Engr. Reginald Ikpeawujo stated that the Kashimbila dam which was started in 2010 and which is to be completed before the end of 2014 has hydropower component of about 40 megawatts, irrigation potentials of about 2000 hectares of land and a capacity to contain 500 million cubic meter of water.
Briefing members of the Committee, the Project Manager of the construction company SCC Nig. Ltd, Engr. Micheal Rolben said that the proposed Kashimbila Resort Project when completed would include, Visitors’ Center for ticketing, exhibition gallery and gallery of arts and crafts.
Also, it would have a mini theater attached to the visitors ‘center, an Eco-lodge accommodation system and Ecotourism encompassing natural landmarks ,man -made attractions, fishing/boating, camping, horse riding and bird viewing amongst others.