The Federal Government has taken measures to provide stable power supply for forty Federal Universities.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu and his counterpart in the Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola who stated this at an interactive session with Vice Chancellors and Directors of Physical Planning of the Universities in Abuja, disclosed that the effort is through the utilisation of off-grid Independent Power Projects, IPPs and Public Private Partnership, PPP structures.
Commending the initiative, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, who represents the Minister, said that the Power, Works and Housing Ministry initiated the Energising Education Programme to provide uninterrupted and dedicated power supply to the universities.
The Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Mustapha Baba Shehuri, who represented the Minister, said the project would also promote economic growth and sustainable development in the universities.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Power, Damilola Ogunbiyi, said that the productivity and professionalism of the universities would be boosted in the areas of research, teaching and learning and enhances the quality of graduates from the universities.
Mrs Ogunbiyi said that the plants are environmentally friendly with little or no carbon emission in line with global climate change standard.