• Short Summary

    President Hamani Diori of the Niger Republic visited the Kainji Dam spanning the Niger River on Wednesday during his visit to Nigeria.

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    President Hamani Diori of the Niger Republic visited the Kainji Dam spanning the Niger River on Wednesday during his visit to Nigeria.

    The dam is situated 350 miles (560 kms) north of Lagos and the Niger President was greeted by the Governor of Kwara State, Col. Bamigboye.

    After inspecting a guard of honour, President Diori was shown the generating room of the project which is planned to eventually produce almost one million kilowatts of electricity.

    The total coast of the project is estimated at 87 million pounds sterling. During the building of the 1,800 feet (550 metres) long dam, more than 42,000 people living in the area were resettled in 126 new villages and two towns.

    The International Bank for reconstruction and development was the major source of finance for the project which is already making a substantial contribution to economic development in Nigeria.

    The reservoir behind the Kainji dam extends for 85 miles and a lock enables river boats to pass the 215 feet (65.5 metres) high dam.

    Developments on the river are of particular interest to President Diori through whose country the Niger also flows.

    The President returned to Lagos after visiting the dam to attend a State dinner given by the Nigerian Head of State, Major-General Yakubu Gowon, and to continue talks on economic co-operation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA61WVRPLBEAB94RWHLWZIH7F0Z
    Media URN:
    VLVA61WVRPLBEAB94RWHLWZIH7F0Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/11/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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