Full List of Dams/Reservoirs in Nigeria 2019

This post contains information about the major as well as minor dams in Nigeria. We will be looking at the three major dams in Nigeria that are functional and which are for the purposes of generating hydroelectric power and then, we will try to list out other dams in Nigeria which are reservoirs. Majority of the dams in Nigeria are located in northern Nigeria for both hydroelectric power supply and irrigation purposes.


A dam from the brief overview is a barrier constructed to hold back water and raise its levels, forming a reservoir, used to generate electricity or as water supply. A dam may be natural but most are man-made and in Nigeria, we have some very useful man-made dams around. There are also three functional dams in Nigeria. It has also been stated that while some dams generate hydroelectric power, others serve as reservoirs to store up water that can serve a particular geographical location.

List of All Dams/Reservoirs in Nigeria

1. Kainji Dam (Niger State) 

Kainji dam is arguably the most important dam in Nigeria and it is situated in Niger state, Nigeria. The dam sits across the River Niger and it was built between 1964 and 1968 at the cost of $209 million, a figure which is equivalent to $2.8 billion as at 2015. In 2017, that figure should have risen significantly.


Kainji dam is responsible for the build up of the Kainji lake, a water reservoir. Kainji Dam was built mainly to generate hydroelectricity and it helps to power virtually all major cities in Nigeria.

2. Jebba Dam (Niger State)

Jebba dam is another very important dam in Nigeria and it is situated in Jebba town, a town which cuts across Kwara state and Niger State respectively. The Jebba dam is a hydroelectric dam and it contributes significantly to the Nigerian National grid. Jebba dam operates by using the great power of the River Niger to generate copious amounts of electricity for Nigeria.


3. Shiroro Dam (Niger State) 

Shiroro dam rests on the Kaduna River in Niger state. It began operations in 1990 and it contributes significantly to the power supply in Nigeria.

Other Dams/Reservoirs in Nigeria include:

4. Asejire Reservoir (Oyo State) 

5. Bakolori Dam (Sokoto State)

6. Challawa Gorge Dam (Kano State)

7. Dadin Kowa Dam (Gombe State) 

8. Goronyo Dam (Sokoto State) 

9. Gusau Dam (Zamfara State) 

10. Ikere Gorge Dam (Oyo State) 

11. Jibiya Dam (Katsina State) 

12. Kafin Zaki Proposed Dam (Bauchi State) 

13. Kiri Dam (Adamawa State) 

14. Mambilla Dam (Taraba State) 

15. Obudu Dam (Cross River State) 

16. Oyan River Dam (Ogun State) 

17. Tiga Dam (Kano State) 

18. Zauro Polder Project (Kebbi State) 

19. Zobe Dam (Katsina State) 

The above are the complete list of dams we have in Nigeria


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  1. Umeofor Chiazaram

    from the above article, we can see that Niger state is the power house of Nigeria because all the major dams in Nigeria that helps in supplying electricity namely: kainji dam, jebba dam and shiroro dam are found in Niger state. my quiz number is 17

  2. Nnopu blessing

    Nigeria is really blessed

  3. Nnopu blessing

    Nigeria is really blessed(113)

  4. Nweke Nnaemeka

    Niger state as we can see is one of the major state in Nigeria with big dam. Its realy a power state(008)

  5. Ohijeh blessing

    Nigeria is considered a great country….with all this dams in it….quiz number[83]

  6. Nice post bro

  7. Giant of africa….reg (048) quiz number(072)

  8. okonkwo rosemary chikodi

    nigeria is really a great country only if we have good governors and a good president that will lead and guide us……quiz number(106)

  9. Jerry Oyewo

    Its a pity for our country Nigeria, upon all these dams, an average Nigerian farmers still depends on rain fed agriculture……. Uhhhhhhh God save Nija

  10. Kenneth

    With all this money we still de suffer

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