The project, according to the latest publication of the Cross River Basin Authority, has the aim of guaranteeing the safety and integrity of the reservoir for enhanced urban water supply.
The main objective of the project as stated in the publication include the rehabilitation and upgrading of the dam’s facilities to meet its intended uses, which include primarily the provision of potable water, as well as irrigation, fishery, tourism and flood control.
“The work is to focus on how to establish a draw-off point and an effective spillway as well as to provide efficient and sustainable operation of the various dam components and facilities, the publication noted.
Funding for the rehabilitation is from the World Bank while the client is the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and Cross River State Basin Development Authority is the supervisory agency.
It disclosed that the duration of the physical rehabilitation works is 12 months and additional 12 months for the maintenance and defects’ liability period.
Obudu Dam was constructed and commissioned by the Cross River Basin Development Authority in 1999 under direct labour. The earth-filled Dam with a crest length of 425m, width of 6m, embarkment height of 15m, and reservoir capacity of 4.25MCM is designed to serve for water supply, irrigation, fisheries, tourism and flood control.