FUNAAB VC Lauds Federal Govt’s Solar Power Projects.
The Vice-Chancellor of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Prof. Kolawole Salako has commended the Federal Government’s efforts at ensuring that the power outage facing federal universities becomes a thing of the past.
He made this known while fielding questions during the stakeholders’ interactive session, organised by the World Bank Team on Energizing Education Phase II. The VC was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Bolanle Akeredolu-Ale.
The Vice Chancellor lauded the Federal Government for choosing FUNAAB among 37 universities to benefit from the solar electrification project, stressing that it was long awaited.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, “We all know the problems we have been having with the issue of electricity in the country. This is one programme that the University is really looking forward to be part of and I think we are very delighted the University is among one of those that has been chosen to enjoy this facility”.
He stated further that the solar plant would solve the problem of power outage, if properly put in place and connected.
Corroborating the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Prof. Clement Adeofun stressed that FUNAAB was lucky to be part of the second phase of the project, as seven universities had been selected for the first phase.
Prof. Adeofun added that the stakeholders’ interactive session gave the team an insight into what to design, how the facility was going to work, the advantages and disadvantages associated with the equipment.
Commenting on the solar plant, an adviser with the electrification project, Engr. Timothy Shekarau confirmed that FUNAAB had passed full stages to kick-off the creation of the solar plant, saying that “The engineering design, which is key, had already been conducted while the environmental and social impact assessment have also been conducted”.
He disclosed that the World Bank was going to finance the project while the University would participate at the construction, operation and maintenance stages.