ABUJA (State House Report) – Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that Solar Power Projects commissioned under the Energizing Education Programme is a testament to the fulfillment of the Next Level agenda, of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Prof. Osinbajo said this recently in Kano State, where he commissioned the 7.1MW Solar Hybrid Power Plant, at Bayero University Kano, which is the largest off-grid solar hybrid power plant in Africa.
According to him, this is the second Solar Plant to be commissioned within one month. He, therefore, reiterated the government’s commitment to powering Nigeria – one university, one market, one community at a time.”
He revealed that the installed 7.1MW decentralized Solar Hybrid Power Plant will supply power to over 58,000 students and staff.
The Vice President further emphasized that, the ultimate goal of the Buhari administration’s Next level roadmap policies and objectives under the Energizing Education Programme, is to increase access to modern technical education in safe and illuminated learning environments, empower the girl child, and create jobs in the power sector value chain, amongst others.
He added that this project would create 182 energy related jobs from power system engineers to electricians as well as train 20 young female Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students with the skills to contribute to strengthening our energy sector.
He said, “This significant initiative upholds the Federal Government’s adherence to global best practice, as we transition to cleaner sources of energy in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. These projects being implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) are strategic to fulfilling our commitments to the Agreement as they strive to reduce Nigeria’s carbon footprint.
“The leveraging of renewable energy technologies is in line with the Federal Government mandate and related activities. Nigeria’s plan to reduce carbon emissions by 20% unconditionally and 45% with international support by 2030 aims to limit the damaging effects of climate change.
“This remarkable off-grid solar hybrid power plant being commissioned today is already on its way to bringing these goals and objectives to fruition.”