Delta State Government has decried the poor electricity supply situation in its tertiary institutions.
The State Commissioner for Higher Education, Professor Patrick Muoboghare, who made the feeling of government known in an interview with newsmen in his office in Asaba, announced the intention of the Okowa administration to ensure 24 hour power supply in State owned tertiary institutions within six months using solar energy.
Professor Muoboghare said a pilot scheme would be installed in the Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi Uku, while the Delta State Polytechnic, Oghara would follow after two months.
The project, according to the Commissioner, would be financed through Public Private Partnership, explaining that the solar panels would be installed and commissioned by private investors, while government would offset the financial commitments monthly after three years.
The Commissioner said the measure was government’s own way of keying into sustainable and renewable energy in tandem with global best practices.
Muoboghare said, “We are focusing on solar energy. We have so much of it in Nigeria unharnessed. I dare say that we are not very good at advancing from theory to practice. This move is the state government’s own way of going beyond theory. The beauty of the package is that private investors will install and commission before we start paying over a period of three years. It is obvious that the cost will be less than what we pay for diesel in a month.”
“It is after this that we will begin to effectively look into accommodation for students as well as security. But electricity is a major factor. We have private investors who are trying to build hostels on build operate and vacate after some years. We want staff to live within the school premises. This will help curb insecurity.” The commissioner added.