President Muhammadu Buhari, would soon visit the Alex Ekwueme Federal University of Aliko Ndufu (AE-FUNAI), to commission the new 1MW solar power plant.
This was disclosed by the minister of works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, during the inspection of the project being implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency which is nearing completion.
We are few weeks to the closure and I am sure when this is done, the president will be here to switch it on.
“This is a 1 megawatt solar plant for the university. It also comes with eight-kilometres of lighting. As you heard from project head, they have installed here 3,500 solar panels. So, we are in the last phase of the implementation.
“We have also heard that over 9,000 people have also been employed since the project started. Students have also been involved.
“What this means is that the policies we have inaugurated since the privatisation on power policy are beginning to take foothold and it’s important that Nigerians understand especially when we talk in terms of what we offer on the next level,” he added.
The minister said that the initiative was one of the policy interventions of the Federal government to help, especially people in the rural communities have access to power.
He said that it was one of the projects birthed with the president’s approval of the rural electrifications strategic plan, noting that the project which is one of the first nine which the government would finish this year, was targeted at electrifying 37 universities across the country.
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