FG set to power varsities with solar energy

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The federal government is putting finishing touches to a new rural electrification strategy that will connect all universities in Nigeria to the national grid using solar energy.

The strategy is being rolled out under the aegis of Energising Education Programme (EEP).

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this yesterday while receiving a delegation of African Development Bank (AfDB) led by its Vice President for Power, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth Complex, Amadou Hott, at the Presidential Villa Abuja.

He said that setbacks arising from sectoral challenges would not deter the President Muhammadu-led administration’s completion of all on-going major projects in the power sector nationwide.

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According to Osinbajo, one of these projects is EEP, a key component of government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and Power Sector Reform Programme (PSRP) he explained.

The Vice-President further disclosed that the project will be carried out through the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), adding that teaching hospitals across the federation will be also covered, with nine federal universities and one teaching hospital already earmarked to benefit under its first phase.

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