The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has installed 810 units of solar-powered street lights in 18 boarding schools in the territory.
The project which was executed by the FCT Secondary Education Board (SEB) also includes one pilot day secondary school and it covers the six area councils of the FCT.
Chairman of FCT-SEB, Yahaya Musa Mohammed, who spoke with journalists on the project, said 45 units were installed in each of the 18 schools, to illuminate the compounds at night to tackle the increasing challenge of insecurity and epileptic power supply in the territory.
“The stand-alone solar-powered project was initiated to meet up with the tide of time, and we are quite aware of the epileptic power supply in the country, coupled with the issue of insecurity.
“We are also aware of recent cases of kidnappings in some communities in the FCT.
“So, the project is meant to keep kidnappers away from our boarding schools.”
Mohammed added that the board has also recruited more security personnel to protect facilities from vandals and keep the students safe.
The Secretary/Director of FCT-SEB, Mrs. Nanre Emeje, who also spoke, said the next phase of the project would include the lighting of classrooms and hostels to boost not just security but to encourage learning at night.
She also said all the 77 senior secondary schools in the FCT would be solar-powered in the nearest future.