The Ondo State Government has approved the commencement of fast-track grid electricity services in the southern senatorial district of the state in order to end the electricity blackout in the district. Due to the alleged indebtedness to Benin Electricity Distribution Company, several communities have been without electricity supply for over five years. The project is being supervised by the state’s office of the Public Utilities and would cover communities such as Igbokoda, Obenla, Kiribo, Igbotu, Iyansan, near Irele, Iju Odo, Bamikemo, and Lipanu. The Special Advisor to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu said the power intervention programme underwent mandatory competitive bidding process in order to select the best partners, cost and tariff plans for the state. According to him, no fewer than 102 different companies showed interest in the project but 18 of them were able to meet the conditions of payment of mandatory expression of interest fee handed down by the state government.
Baru Calls on Mechanical Engineers to Sharpen Skills on Renewable Technology
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru has challenged mechanical engineers in the country with interest in renewable energy technology to up their skills and expertise to support the current initiative by the corporation to create a non-fossil fuel driven economy. He stated this on Wednesday while speaking as the Distinguished Lecturer at the 12th Mechanical Engineers Distinguished Lecture, an event organized by the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. Tracing the advent of the consciousness for the development of bio-fuels technology in the country to the establishment of the Renewable Energy Division of the NNPC in August 2005 and the subsequent formulation of the Renewable Energy Masterplan, the NNPC GMD said through the years the Corporation had remained a beacon in the pursuit of alternative energy sources to complement the nation’s massive hydrocarbon base. He concluded that the NNPC as the leading energy entity in the country was more than ready to partner with the Nigerian engineering community to achieve its mandate