President Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned 2.0 megawatts Solar Hybrid power plant at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.
Commissioning the project on Monday, the president said the project was meant to provide sustainable and reliable electricity to the entire campus, improve education and create a better university experience for both students and staff.
According to Buhari, the project would also help the university eradicate insecurities and any other criminal activities that might occur within the campus.
Represented by the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, the president said the plant was the sixth captive solar hybrid power plant executed under Phase one of the 37 federal universities and seven affiliated teaching hospitals under the Energising Education Programme (EEP).
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In his remarks, the Minister of Power, Engineer Abubakar Aliyu said the project was among the many projects funded with the proceeds of the first issuance of Nigeria’s sovereign green bond, an innovative financing mechanism to fund the implementation of climate change projects.
On his part, the Managing Director, Rural Electrification Agency, Engineer Salihijo Ahmad Salihijo, said the university was the eighth institution of learning to be energised under Phase 1 of the project.
He added that it had also been furnished with 8.65km of solar-powered streetlights, a functional workshop as well as a training centre.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Lawal Suleiman Bilbis, while thanking the federal government for the project, assured that they would jealously guard and protect the plant.