Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has inaugurated a 7.1 megawatts Solar Hybrid power plant in Bayero University Kano (BUK), to ensure sustainability in power supply.
Osibanjo said that the project would benefit thousands of students and other members of the university community, as well as enhance teaching, research, and learning.
According to him, similar projects are being implemented in 37 Federal Universities and seven University Teaching Hospitals across the country.
The project in BUK will provide electricity for about 55,815 students and 3,077 staff of the university. Osinbajo explained that the project would also empower the girl child and provide job opportunities, which was one of the major focus of President Muhammad Buhari’s administration.
In her speech, the Managing Director, Rural Electrification Agency, Damilola Ogunbiyi said the Energising Education Programme, a Federal Government initiative under REA was aimed at developing off-grid capacity power solutions.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the BUK Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Muhammad Yahuza-Bello commended the Federal Government for citing the largest solar power system in Africa at the institution.