UI to get 10Megawatts Solar-Power Plant
Students and management of University of Ibadan, Ibadan, are excited and look forward to the light up of the university campus with 10MW solar-plant, as the project was kicked-off at the ground breaking ceremony which had in attendance German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Bernard Schlagheck.
Speaking to newsmen, Bernard said “This is one of the main plans by the energy policy of the Federal Government, and we are trying to respond to the policy priority of the Nigeria government.”
Other institutions that will also benefit from this project includes; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaira, Modibo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Bayero State University, Kano, University of Maiduguri and others.
According to Vanguard, the Coordinator of the Partnership program and the Head of Programme of the Nigeria Energy Support Programme from GIZ (German Development Cooperation Organisation), Jeremey Gaines, said the original cost of the project was estimated around $15 million for 10 Megawatts.
“The cost of the project, the time it takes for the project to start, and the time it takes for the project to be completed, may still go down, but that is the figure we are looking at.” He added
A 10 megawatts powered university means that there would be room for technical improvements on the part of the students and the entire members of staff, because lack of constant power supply has been a major set-back for development across board.
The Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukah, clearly understands this, which is why he said “The importance of provision of consistent power supply to our higher institution cannot be overemphasized, as it will promote productivity, efficacy and professionalism in research, teaching and learning with a remarkable impact on the quality of graduate coming out of our institution.”.