FG To Power Varsities With Solar Energy

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  The Federal Government of Nigeria has said it would power nine universities and one university teaching hospital using solar technology. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said the project, which will come in phases, would “improve general satisfaction and create an atmosphere where academic activities can thrive and go undisturbed.” A presidency statement issued on Saturday said the project comes under the Energising Education Programme scheme. “It is a key component of its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and Power Sector Reform Programme (and) undertaken by the Rural Electrification Agency,” said the statement signed by Laolu Akande, a presidential media assistant. The statement further said although the Buhari administration is challenged, it will however “complete major projects that will improve the power sector in the country”. Furthermore, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has said it would bankroll some projects as a way of supporting the Federal Government’s solar Independent Power Projects. Amadou Hott, the vice president of the bank, said this during his visit to the VP Osinbajo. The bank said it is spending $477Million on the solar projects and another $150m for other projects. “We are on the verge of approving grant money of $1.5m to support the Jigawa solar project, a new initiative of up to 1,000 MW; the first phase will be 100MW. We have agreed to support the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) with a total of $410m for critical transmission project, which was initially $200m. We are expecting to have this approval by September depending on the studies and other work that needs to be done,” Hott said. The bank also said it is supporting the training of 300 engineers from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) through a programme with the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN).
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