The Federal Government in conjunction with the German Energy Partnership Project in Ibadan, Oyo State, formally flagged off its independent power supply initiative to all the 40 federal universities in the country with the ground-breaking ceremony of a 10-megawatts solar power plant at the University of Ibadan.
Performing the ceremony on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Ajibode Extension location of the University of Ibadan, the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Gozie Anwukah described the event as “an historic occasion in the life of the university and of our nation,” adding that it was in line with the national energy policy.
“That the project is commencing at the University of Ibadan should not surprise anyone. This is where the story of university education in Nigeria started,” the minister stated, adding that the University of Ibadan, with its huge staff and student population, needed six to eight megawatts of electricity. The Minister remarked that the Federal Government, in its bid to replicate the gesture in all the 40 federal universities in Nigeria, envisaged that this should be achieved through the utilization of off-grid Independent Power Plants (IPPs) which falls under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative. Read more