The Federal Government has guaranteed access to steady electricity supply by the 40 federal universities within the next 12-18 months, starting from December 2017.
The Director of Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, said the government plans to accomplish this through its Energising Education Programme Initiative by utilising off-grid Independent Power Projects and Public Private Partnership structures.
The statement reiterated the commitment of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu; and his counterpart in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Wednesday during an interactive session with the vice-chancellors and directors of Physical Planning of all the 40 federal universities.
The Minister of Education who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Education Ministry, Dr. Folashade Yemi- Esan, said the Power, Works and Housing Ministry initiated the EEPI programme “to provide uninterrupted and dedicated power supply to all the federal Universities through the utilisation of off-grid Independent Power Projects.”
Adamu said the gesture would also be an avenue to train students, especially those studying engineering, on how to utilise various energy sources in their respective departments.
Fashola, who was also represented by the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Shehuri, said the programme was aimed at “providing reliable power supply” which, he said, would promote economic growth and sustainable development in the universities.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Power, Damilola Ogunbiyi, in her presentation, highlighted the objectives of providing steady electricity supply to the educational institutions.