The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria and a Hungarian firm, Agrar-Bioethanol has entered into an agreement to produce 1,333 tonnes of liquid organic fertiliser and 2.66 million litres of ethanol annually as well as 1.2mw electricity.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Ibrahim Garba made the disclosure in Samaru Campus Zaria at the groundbreaking ceremony of bioethanol and biogas Power plant.
When completed, the electricity produced would serve thirty percent of the university’s electricity consumption, and enhance agricultural training and research.
Garba noted that the independent power generation project became essential as the institution could no longer sustain the N86 million monthly electricity bills adding that the power supply would be generated through farm produce and human faeces.
In his words, “ABU seeks to address these issues by building the power plant which the university has found a worthy partner in reaching an agreement with Agrar-Bioethanol Company of Hungary to undertake this project.
The Hungary’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Prof. Ternak Gabor on his part, said that Nigeria’s growing population made the diversification to renewal energy production necessary.