FUNAAB Embraces FG Initiative on Power

To make epileptic power supply a thing of the past on campus, the University Management has partnered the government, through the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), under the World Bank-funded Nigerian Electrification Project (NEP), to ensure that there is 24-hours electricity supply within the campus. The project, which is a Federal Government initiative, is aimed at providing sustainable and clean power supply to selected federal universities, and university teaching hospitals across the country, of which, FUNAAB is a beneficiary.

According to the University representative on the project team, Engineer Omolola Banjo, the project involves the deployment of the off-grid independent power plant, upgrading of existing distribution infrastructure and street lights, to improve security within the campus, as well as the development of world-class training centre on renewable energy. She revealed that different teams had visited the University, to carry out baseline survey; Front End Engineering Design (FEED), Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ASIA), Rural Electrification Agency (REA), adding that all the surveys had yielded positive results.

The Senior Energy Specialist of World Bank, Mr. Jan Exel, said the project, which became effective June 2019, was expected to provide 24-hours reliable electricity through solar energy. He added that the project was at the implementation stage, which would span five years while tasking the University Management to ensure that the project became sustainable and fully operational. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Felix Salako, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Morenike Dipeolu, stated that the University had already made some internal arrangements, to ensure smooth operation of the project.