The Energising Education Programme (EEP) which aims to provide dedicated and reliable electricity to Federal Universities is on course for delivery in 2018. The programme had gone through series of scrutiny during the last quarter of 2017 on issues of its implementation. The National Association of Nigeria Students had reportedly alleged the National Assembly of a purported sabotage of the programme.
The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has stated that the EPP was already provided for in the 2017 and 2018 budgets of the Federal Government. In a statement, the MD/CEO of REA, Mrs. Damilola Ogunbiyi noted that the involvement of REA in the implementation of this project was because majority of the universities under the EEP are located in rural communities, as against the purported claims of the diversion of project to the electrification of rural communities alone.
“Allegations that the MD/CEO made any statements to the contrary are patently untrue and are at best, a misunderstanding and at worst, a campaign to deny our federal universities the opportunity to access uninterrupted power”.
It further stated that the programme has gotten the approval of the Federal Executive Council, regulatory approval from Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and a Memorandum of Understanding with the beneficiary universities included in the phase I of the programme has been signed. The beneficiary universities are; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi, Bayero University Kano, Usumanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, Nnamdi Azikwe University Anambra, University of Lagos, Akoka, Federal University of Petroleum Resources Delta, Obafemi Awolowo University and Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospital.
The statement equally noted that he Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) has granted the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) ‘certificate of no objection’ to award contracts for the first phase of its Energising Education Programme (EEP) which would collectively cost N10 billion.