The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has debunked reports of an explosion at Kainji Dam in Niger State.
The Director-General, NIHSA, Clement Nze, on Monday, September 14, stated that the agency investigated the claim and found out that it was false.
NIHSA described the report as fake, urging the public to disregard the claims made by the online medium.
He said, “The general public, especially the print and electronic media, should disregard the online ‘fake news’ claiming that there was an explosion in Kanji Dam.
“I can authoritatively confirm that Kainji Dam is safe, no explosion whatsoever in the dam.”
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According to the Punch, Nze said the hydrological services agency was working in synergy with the operators of major dams across the country.
The NIHSA boss said his personnel contacted officials at the Niger State dam but none of those contacted confirmed any explosion at the site.
“After reading the online news, I put a call across to the hydrologist who was holding a management meeting at the dam site at that moment,” he said.
Nze added, “ The hydrologist informed me that there was nothing like that.”
He further explained that NIHSA’s gauge readers working within the catchment had not reported such an incident.
Daily Times gathered the reports of the Kainji dam came after, the management of Mainstream Energy Solution Limited, on Sunday, September 13, opened the points but discovered that the dam was impounding more water than it should.
“We opened the 4 spillway gates because of the water pressure. Now, it is hitting the embarkment and will continue to expand if not reinforced. The embarkment is falling, rocks are falling into the water”, an official disclosed the information
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