Vice President Yemi Osibanjo on Friday inaugurated a 2.8megawatt decentralised solar hybrid power-plant at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (AE-FUNAI), Ebonyi.
Osibanjo, who performed the ceremony in the company of Gov. David Umahi and other top government officials, said that the inauguration fulfilled another next level road-map agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The vice president said that the project would provide sustainable, decentralised energy to the entire campus, improve education and create a better university experience for both students and staff.
“It will supply 7, 700 students and 1, 819 staff of the university with clean, reliable and affordable electric power.
“We are also commissioning a renewable workshop and training centre and have installed over 7.5kilomotres of street lighting to enhance security and safety within the FUNAI campus.
“This is an additional component of the remarkable project as the days when our students read at night with candles, lanterns and torches are over,” he said.
He said that the students would also receive hands-on training on renewable energy that could be applied beyond the university’s walls.
The vice president expressed delight that that the young women, under the Energising Education Programme (EEP) female internship, are graduating in the construction of captive power-plant,” Osibanjo said.
Gov. Umahi, in his remark, thanked the Vice President for inaugurating the project, noting that his passion and commitment towards the affairs of the nation was astounding.
“We are collaborating with the Managing Director of the Rural Electricity Agency, Mrs Damilola Ogunbiyi to expand the project to the neighbouring Ebonyi College of Education and Ikwo Local Government Area headquarters.
“We have also agreed to work with her office in providing solar power to 140 communities across the state,” he said.
The governor noted that the state government had supported FUNAI in several ways through the provision of streetlights, portable water and accessible road.
Mrs Damilola Ogunbiyi, MD of Rural Electrification Agency, said that the project would result in 8, 139, 2018 lbs (pounds) of annual carbon dioxide savings.
“Our onsite workshop and training centre will provide training on renewable technology to students of FUNAI and equip them with invaluable knowledge and experience on the power sector,” she said.
Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, Vice Chancellor of the university, thanked the Vice President for inaugurating the project, describing it as ”the first of its kind in any Nigerian university.
“Your presence is unique in many ways as the project you are commissioning remains a milestone in the history of the university and the county,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Osibanjo also inaugurated a physiotherapy centre, 500-seater auditorium, 200 capacity lecture hall and a Lassa Fever Observation Bay, all at the Alex-Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (AE-FUTHA)
Kwara Warns Tertiary Institutions Against Illegal Recruitments
Kwara State Government has warned the management of the state-owned tertiary institutions to desist from illegal recruitment of staff or face the full wrath of the law.
Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Dr. Alabi Afees Abolore, said the warning becomes imperative following the report that a backdoor recruitment was going on at the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, a development, he said, would attract sanctions to serve as a deterrent to others.
Dr. Abolore said such recruitment should not have taken place without the prior knowledge of the ministry, declaring that the ministry would not hesitate to penalise any school authority that is caught in the illegal act.
The commissioner also said that the ministry has communicated its position to the affected institutions in the state, adding that all recruitments of either casual, teaching or non-teaching staff should be put on hold until further notice.
58 Salem University Graduands Bag First Class Degrees
From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Fifty eight students of Salem University Graduands bagged first class degrees in various disciplines out of a total number of 960 graduating students at its 5th combined convocation ceremony held at the weekend.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Alewo Johnson Akubo who disclosed this in his speech during the occasion, said that 149 Post Graduate students also graduated from the institution.
The VC charged the graduands to be good ambassadors of their Alma mater as they go into the wider world and labour market to face theatre of challenges.
According to the VC “You can either pray nor wish troubling times away. They come to us all, both small and great, hence the need for you graduating students today to remain good ambassadors of Salem brand in and out of season
“The University since my assumption of office as the 4th Vice Chancellor, have worked assiduously to ensure full accreditation of all the programmes offered in the institution by the National Universities Commission (NUC)
“However, Salem University under my watch had its fair of challenges, particularly in the areas of students enrollment and funding.We have, inspite of all odds, continued to consolidate on the gains made by my predecessors”
The Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello while speaking during the ceremony, promised sustained partnership with Salem University in the provision of quality education to citizens.
The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Wemi Jones, commended the Proprietor of Salem University, Dr Sam Amaga for the giant strides recorded in the institution interms of academic and infrastructural growth.
Bello also praised the University for complementing government’s efforts for citizens to have access to affordable and quality education.
“My administration values education as no one priority inview of its importance as the bedrock of any nation’s economy and upliftment of the living standard of the people hence the reason why we devoted 30% of the state government budget in funding education
“Kogi Government will continue to be part and parcel of Salem University in partnership for sound education and will not hesitate to provide adequate security to enable the University operate without hindrances”
NYSC Reassures Commitment to Transparent Operations – Uba
By Evelyn Terseer – Abuja
The Director overseeing the National Youth Service Corps, Mrs Christy Ifeanyiwa Uba has said the NYSC remains resolute and committed to transparency and accountability in all its operations.
She said the Scheme would continue to leverage on the template provided by the Federal Government to tackle the problems associated with poor management in respect of Access and inventory in government.
Mrs Uba disclosed this yesterday while declaring open, the 2022 second Procurement Officers Training, with the theme; “Access and Inventory Management in GIFMIS”, held in Abuja.
In the statement by the Director, Press and Public relations Eddy Megwa, she disclosed that NYSC is fully committed to the prudent management of government business using the GIFMIS module.
“I find it necessary to inform you that Management places high premium on the capacity development of staff, to enhance efficiency and productivity.
I therefore urge all participants to key into this technologically-driven IT based system that was designed for access and inventory management “, Uba said.
She appealed to participants at the training to endeavour to acquire all the requisite additional skills and knowledge that will improve their job efficiency.
The Deputy Director, Overseeing Procurement Department, Mrs Grace Akpabio in her introductory remarks stated that the training is in conjunction with the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, GIFMIS Unit and Treasury House, Abuja.
Akoabio added that the training was designed to update the Procurement Officers on their roles on the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) platform.
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