Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday inaugurated the first 2.8MW solar hybrid power project at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State.
The project was part of the Energising Education Programme of the Federal Government, which was implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency.
With the off-grid power plant, over 7,700 students and 1,819 faculty staff at the university would have access to clean reliable energy.
According to a statement, Osinbajo charged Nigerians to embrace the emerging renewable off-grid energy sector, saying it was poised to generate significant impact for Nigerian markets, as well as the unserved, underserved communities and higher institutions of learning.
“With the growing solar generation, in particular, a more decentralised energy system is emerging as we encourage more private sector participation, in collaboration with the Federal Government,” the VP said.
In her address, the Managing Director/CEO, REA, Mrs Damilola Ogunbiyi, said the EEP had the aim of rehabilitating existing distribution infrastructure to supply clean and reliable power to 37 federal universities and seven affiliated university teaching hospitals.
The Vice-Chancellor of FUNAI, Prof Nwajiuba Uzoma, said the project would provide a comfortable environment for the students.