|Prof. Anthony Anwukah
The Federal Government of Nigeria in conjunction with the German Energy Partnership Project has officially flagged off its independent power supply initiative to all the 40 federal universities in Nigeria with the Ground-breaking ceremony of a 10-Mega Watts Solar Power Plant at the University of Ibadan.
The Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, who flagged off the ceremony on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Ajibode Extension location of the University of Ibadan described the event as “an historic occasion in the life of the university and of our nation” adding that it is in line with the national energy policy.
Anwukah said, “That the project is commencing at the University of Ibadan should not surprise anyone. This is where the story of University education in Nigeria started.”
He added the fact that UI, with its huge staff and student population, had necessitated a correspondingly high energy requirement which is in the region of 6 to 8 Mega Watts.
The minister noted that government, in its bid to replicate the gesture to all the 40 federal universities in Nigeria, envisaged that the project should be achieved through the utilisation of off-grid Independent Power Plants (IPPs) which falls under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative.
According to him, “it was in this respect that the Federal Government, under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, recently launched the Energizing Education Programme Initiative (EEPI), a collaborative effort of the Federal Ministry of Education and Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to ensure self-sufficiency in power to all the 40 Federal Universities in the country.”
The minister explained that the EEPI is aimed at providing a reliable power supply which, in turn, will promote economic growth and sustainable development in our Universities.