Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, the Minister of Police Affairs, on Monday officially opened a 2 MW solar-powered electricity project at Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto (UDUS).
Dingyadi performed the project's inauguration on President Muhammadu Buhari's behalf in order to improve the energy supply and youth training at the school.
He explained that it was a component of a programme designed to supply energy to federal universities and university teaching hospitals all around the nation.
He claimed the project was carried out by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA).
“UDUS is not the only benefitting university in the first phase of the Federal Government’s “Energizing Education Programme (EEP).
“This marks another historical moment to the delight of the Rural Electrification Agency as well as students and staff members of this great institution.
“We all know that electricity is central to everything we do as a society. It enables our economies and communities to thrive,’’ he said.
He also underlined the need of fighting climate change through the deployment of responsive, renewable power project for the supply of clean, safe and affordable electricity.
“The project is in fulfilment of our strategic drive to use modern technology to address the issue of climate change and reduce carbon emission by 20 per cent,’’ he stressed.
He reaffirmed the Federal Government's commitment to an effective supply of power through a variety of programmes to support strong corporate growth and enhance Nigerians' quality of life.
In his remarks, Abubakar Aliyu, Minister of Power, stated that UDUS is the ninth university to be powered under Phase One of the EEP.
He claimed that 8.65 km of solar-powered lighting as well as a complete workshop and training facility will be provided by the UDUS project.
He continued by saying that 20 female interns would be trained at the training centre before it opened.
“This project is designed to sufficiently serve students and staff members of this institution with clean, safe and reliable energy.
“The Federal Ministry of Power has focused on nurturing this emerging off-grid sector with the right policy initiatives.
“EEP is one of many policy interventions of the Federal Government through the ministry, aimed at closing the energy access gap in learning institutions,’’ Aliyu said.
Managing Director of REA, Ahmad Salihijo, also spoke at the event and announced that Phase Two of the EEP project had begun with funding from the World Bank through the Nigeria Electrification Project.
“As an implementing agency of the Federal Government, the REA is committed to ensuring the best and most sustainable delivery of these projects,’’ he said.
Salihijo expressed gratitude for the backing of the Sokoto State administration and Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto.
Prof. Lawal Bilbis, vice chancellor of UDUS, praised the Federal Government for its multiple involvements in the school.
He asserted that the 2 MW solar photovoltaic hybrid power Plant would unquestionably improve research and user welfare.
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