The MD/CEO of Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad visited University of Lagos (UniLag) and was received by the V.C, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe and some senior members of University management staff. The visit enabled further discussions and status assessment of the ongoing Energizing Education Programme (EEP) project at the institution.
The UniLag EEP project is one out of the 37 universities and 7 teaching hospitals to be powered with clean, safe and reliable energy through renewable energy technology.
The V.C shared his thoughts on student capacity and sustainability of the EEP project, while expressing his enthusiasm about the enrollment of Female interns into the EEP STEM programme to participate in the construction as well as the management of the plant, upon completion. He added that the institution is currently spending a lot to power its facilities.
He promised to provide optimum support to the REA and the project developers until the completion of the project and beyond as the project is sure to serve as sustainable alternative to national grid supply.
The MD/CEO assured the V.C of the full commitment of REA, adding that his team is currently working on a sustainability framework for the EEP project at UniLag and other beneficiary institutions. According to Salihijo, “there is merit in research and development”.
He explained that “the objective of the REA team and the project developers on site is to see to the successful completion of the project to enable academic growth and improve security on campus with the installation of solar streetlights”.
He also noted that Female students in EEP beneficiary institutions will continue to be enrolled through the EEP STEM programme to receive training to enable transfer of knowledge.
REA's Executive Director, Corporate Services, Olaniyi Netufo, commended the V.C for the continued support given to the REA team and the project developers. He stressed on the dedication of the REA team and their goal to see to the completion of this critical project.