The National Universities Commission(NUC), and OMATEK Ventures, an Information Communication Technology(ICT) partners to provide solar electricity in Nigerian universities, The Guardian reports.
The Executive Secretary, NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie, stated this at the inauguration of the “247 Alternate Power Solution,” provided by OMATEK for the commission on Friday in Abuja.
Okojie said, when it comes to energy provision, Nigeria is in crisis because of inadequacy of supply. We are doing this as a pilot project and we plan to replicate this for the students in our various universities.
He said this acts like a UPS, when the light goes off, it works. It is the solution to major problem we have in this country and I am happy that OMATEK is keying in appropriately.
According to him, “It is a challenge to us; by now we should have been doing some of these things ourselves.To address that, we are already sending some of our ICT students to OMATEK factories for computer assemblage and learning.”
Mrs Florence Sekiru, Group Managing Director, OMATEK said that electricity available in Nigeria could never be enough for the large population.
According to her, “China, with a very large population, had to reduce consumption through solar power alternative. Setting this up in the NUC is to tell the university community that this is a big way to reduce cost by up to 50 per cent.
We deploy solar technology solutions to reduce power consumption in Nigeria by as much as 85 per cent.’’
She also stated that many banks have started using OMATEK solar solutions.