Makurdi varsity launches own electricity plant

The Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM) in Benue State has become the third institution in the country to generate its own electricity.

Benue/Plateau Trust reports that FUAM is one of the nine institutions in the country earmarked to operate off the national grid through efficient energy source and the third university in the first phase of the  implementation.

The Vice Chancellor of FUAM, Professor Richard Kimbir, said at the commissioning and handover of a 8.25MW of Solar Hybrid Project to the institution by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) that the development would embolden teaching, workshops and work output on campus.

Kimbir said: “The optimal utilisation of electricity-powered workshops, laboratories, farm machinery, continual  availability of internet connectivity and online services, which require electricity to function, would now be maximally guaranteed.”

The Vice Chancellor further disclosed that the university has seen constant power supply in the past one month.

The Minister of State for Power, Goddy Jedy-Agba, who was represented by the Managing Director of REA, Engr. Ahmed Salihijo Ahmed commissioned the project at the university premises.

Jedy-Agba said he was optimistic that the project, which was  designed to meet the energy needs of the university and delivered in conformity with best national practices, will be sustained and used optimally.

Also, the Senate Committee Chairman on Power, Senator Gabriel Suswam, was full.of gratitude to President Buhari for the success of the project and promised the support of the National Assembly to such projects.


Daily Trust


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