The Federal Government has promised that access to uninterrupted power supply can be expected by the 40 federal universities in the country within the next 12-18 months, beginning from December 2017.
This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, where he said the government plans to achieve this through its Energising Education Programme Initiative by utilising off-grid Independent Power Projects and Public Private Partnership structures.
The statement reiterated that the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu; and his counterpart in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, made the declaration on Wednesday during an interactive session with vice-chancellors and directors of Physical Planning of all the 40 federal universities.
Adamu, 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, 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.