OAU Selected Among 8 Varsities To Enjoy Uninterrupted Power Supply

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Obafemi Awolowo University has now been named among the 8 Federal Universities that are expected to enjoy uninterrupted power supply from off grid captive power plants, following a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed with the Rural Electrification
Agency, REA.

The eight Federal Universities and one Teaching Hospital that signed the MoU with the REA include Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Bayero University, Kano, Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka, University of Lagos, Akoka, Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, and Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile Ife.

The MoU signed by the universities and REA comes under the Federal Government’s first phase of Energizing Education Programme, EEP, which targets nine institutions, and the projects will be completed in 2018, and over 300, 000 students and staff are expected to have access to uninterrupted power supply.

Seven of the nine planned power plants (10.5MW out of a total of 26.56MW) will be fuelled by solar energy, in line with the Federal Government’s energy – mix policy.

According to REA the programme aims to provide uninterrupted power supply for 37 Federal Universities and seven Teaching Hospitals in the country through the utilisation of off grid captive power plants in a bid to resolve power challenges in institutions of higher learning, and also to add value to staff and students’ performance and productivity.

It further stated that the programme will also install street lighting to enhance security measures on campuses, develop and operate training centres for student training on renewable and eventually, extend this uninterrupted power to improve quality of life and economic opportunities in the surrounding rural communities.

Source: Vanguard 
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