University Of Ibadan Explores Solar Power Energy

Solar power in University of IbadanThe University of Ibadan (U.I.) may soon get off the national power grid and move on to solar energy, as the institution’s 10 megawatts solar power plant comes on stream.

Located within an extension campus of the institution in Oyo State, south-west Nigeria, the initiative, which is a Nigerian-German energy partnership project, is expected to supply energy to the university and its environs.

It will also serve as a research hub for engineers and also last for at least 25 years.

Save Huge Expenditure

The clean energy initiative, located in Ajibode community, has been in the works for over two years between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Republic of Germany.

Senior officials from both countries were at the location on Friday to witness the launch of the 10 megawatts solar power plant for the University of Ibadan.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Abel Olayinka, is optimistic that the project will impact greatly on the curriculum of the engineering students and also save huge expenditure on diesel generators.

On the other hand, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, who initiated the programme when he was the Vice Chancellor of the institution, hopes the initiative will be replicated in other teaching hospitals.

The solar power plant, which would be completely assembled in six months, will be a solution to the poor power supply in the institution and its environ when completed.

Obasanjo Tasks Petroleum University On Technology Innovation

Obasanjo Tasks Petroleum University On Technology InnovationA former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has asked the management of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun in Delta State to innovate necessary technological expertise in the development of the petroleum sector.

Obasanjo urged the management of the institution to think out of the box and evolve the best international practices to develop the sector, especially in the face of the current dwindling fortunes of crude price in the international market.

He made the call in a meeting with members of management and staff of the institution at his Presidential Hilltop residence in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State in south-west Nigeria.

The former President noted that the major reasons for establishing the academia was to bridge the necessary gap in local content and capacity building deficit in the petroleum sector.

In his remark, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Akii Ibhadode, said the management had come to appreciate the foresight of the former President and also enlist his further assistance.

He disclosed that since inception, the university had continue to produce high level manpower in the oil and gas sector.

Professor Ibhadode then presented the elder statesman with an award of appreciation for establishing and contributing to the development of the first petroleum university in Africa.

The Federal University of Petroleum Resources established in 2007 is the first petroleum university in Nigeria and sixth in the world to provide the required local content and capacity building in the sector.

NLNG Constructs Engineering Laboratories In ABU

NLNGThe Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas limited (NLNG) has constructed multi-million Naira engineering laboratories at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

At the commissioning of the multi-user laboratories, the Managing Director (MD) of NLNG, Mr Babs Omotowa, said the project, which cost 340 million Naira, was part of the company’s contribution to complement the various efforts of the government in stimulating the growth of research and science education in Nigeria.

Mr Omotowa also explained that the laboratory, which was equipped with the state of the art facility, would provide the staff and students of the university easy access to world class facilities that would, among other benefits, enhance their academic performance and improve their skills.

The building has six different laboratories – Materials Characterisation Laboratory, Soil Testing Laboratory, Materials Testing Laboratory, Mechatronics Laboratory, ICT Laboratory and Environmental Laboratory.

The project, which is part of NLNG’s University Support Programme, is driven by the company’s desire to develop engineering education in Nigeria.

The MD also disclosed that the company would spend 340 million Naira on the construction of modern engineering laboratories, equipped with cutting-edge technology, in five other universities.

University of Ibadan, University of Ilorin, University of Port-Harcourt, University of Maiduguri and University of Nigeria, Nsukka are the benefiting universities.

He explained that the universities were selected based on rankings by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and their long standing contributions to the development of local capacity in Nigeria.

The Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Professor Ibrahim Garba, told the gathering that the commissioning of the multi-user laboratories was the first of its kind, since the inception of the institution.

He noted that the facility would avail students and lecturers of the institution the opportunity to conduct their research in the field of engineering technology.

He also called on other corporate organisations to emulate NLNG.

The Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwuka, while commending the management of NLNG for the laudable initiative, that the administration of President Buhari was committed to giving the education sector face-lift.

Michael Okpara Varsity Staff To Own Houses

Ambrose-Ali-University-GateThe authority of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike have taken initiatives to lessen the burden of its staff by providing them affordable houses.

This is due to the strategic plan and commitment by the university administration to ensure a conducive learning environment for both students and staff by erecting some infrastructure and laying foundation for various new buildings among many other things.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Hilary Edeoga, while disclosing this to members of staff, said having a university owned micro finance outfit within the school would provide an avenue and opportunity for the university staff to build their houses, reduce the incident of theft and losses encountered by the students while trying to pay their school fees and increase the internally generated revenue.

He said the university environment is a centre for learning that traverses capacity building, developmental processes and growth enhancement in every aspect of life.

He stressed that the initiatives is part of the facilities put in place to assist in generating revenue for the school for more infrastructure.

Meanwhile, whatever is needed to ensure a quality education and enhanced human capacity should be given an utmost  priority because education is the bedrock and foundation of any nation.