The authorities of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) said it has been granted the license by the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to construct 7.5 megawatts Independent Power Plant (IPP).
This is part of the university’s effort to stem the tide of epileptic power supply in the campus.
The Vice- Chancellor of the university, Faraday Orumwense, made the disclosure at a press conference to reel out the activities lined up for the 42 convocation/founder ceremony of the institution.
Orumwense said the electricity regulatory commission’s approval was to operate 7.5 megawatts Independent Power Plant (IPP) as well as an Independent Electricity Distribution Network (IEDN) license within the university premises.
He also said that the institution has established a methylated spirit and hydrogen peroxide production unit.
The vice-chancellor said the unit tagged,”UNIBEN Methylated Spirit and Hydrogen Peroxide Production Unit” (UMSHPU) is domiciled at the faculty of Pharmacy.
He added that the product which had successfully undergone a mandatory pre-assessment by the National Agency for Food Drug, Administration and Control (NAFDAC) was waiting for the final approval to commence full production.
Orumwense explained that the convocation lecture would be delivered by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, who is an alumnus of the university while the former minister of state for works, Chris Osa Ogiewonyi, also an alumnus of the institution would deliver the founder’s day lecture.
However, he listed some of his achievements as the Vice- Chancellor of the university since 2014 to include the establishment of Microsoft academy in the University for the Training and certification of staff and students, development and deployment of indigenous software by the school ICT/CRPU for the conduct of computer-based tests examinations in the university.
Others are linking of faculties/units/hostels with fibre optic, institution of annual research day in recognition of the critical role of research and development in the university system and the overall development of the nation, deployment of eco-friendly bus for intra-campus shuttle service powered by solar, deployment of free WiFi services on all commercial vehicles operating on campus for the use of staff and students commuters of the vehicles among others.
Orumwense added that the first award of the best researcher of the year 2016 would be conferred on J.O. Igene, a professor of the Department of Animal Science, faculty of Agriculture.