President Muhammadu Buhari would quickly be at Alex Ekwueme Federal College Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (AE-FUNAI) in Ebonyi State to fee a 1 megawatt solar energy plant constructed within the college by the Federal authorities.
Additionally to be commissioned by the president is eight-kilometre lighting alongside the inner roads and pathways within the college executed alongside the solar energy plant.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Energy, Works, and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, through the inspection of the challenge being applied by the Rural Electrification Company which is nearing completion.
Fashola stated: “We’re few weeks to the closure and I’m certain when that is carried out, the president will probably be right here to modify it on.
“It is a 1 megawatt photo voltaic plant for the college. It additionally comes with eight-kilometres of lighting. As you heard from challenge head, they’ve put in right here 3,500 photo voltaic panels. So, we’re within the final part of the implementation.
“We now have additionally heard that over 9,000 individuals have additionally been employed because the challenge began. College students have additionally been concerned.
“What this implies is that the insurance policies we’ve got inaugurated because the privatisation on energy coverage are starting to take foothold and it’s vital that Nigerians perceive particularly after we discuss when it comes to what we provide on the following degree,” he added.
The minister stated that the initiative was one of many coverage interventions of the Federal authorities to assist, particularly individuals within the rural communities have entry to energy.
He stated that it was one of many tasks birthed with the president’s approval of the agricultural electrifications strategic plan, noting that the challenge which is without doubt one of the first 9 which the federal government would end this yr, was focused at electrifying 37 universities throughout the nation.
Fashola stated that the solar energy vegetation could be maintained by the scholars of the respective universities who could be skilled on the tasks websites.
“It is a coverage now focusing on schooling to guarantee that all Federal universities, to begin with, have their very own energy vegetation and contain college students within the technique of growing. A part of their studying is also that they will keep and even do higher issues after they depart college.
“There will probably be a way of continuity of coverage. One of many issues we’ve got embedded within the programme from the start is to contain the scholars. So, the upkeep of this plant will probably be by the scholars of the college.
“There will probably be a instructing and coaching facility delivered with different aids. Every college mannequin has a coaching website with it to contain college students. In order you graduate, a brand new group of scholars take over and we are going to institutionalise that coverage inside every college.
The minister additionally revealed that there was a coverage to energise the markets, saying that the interventions at Ariaria Worldwide Market, Sabon Gari, Sura and different markets throughout the nation with extra to come back have been a part of the coverage.