By John Ikani
The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria is perfecting plans to begin generation and distribution of electricity to the university community when its ongoing 8.03MW power project is completed.
This was disclosed by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede at a press conference to herald the 60th anniversary of the institution on campus within the week.
Professor Ogunbodede who noted that
the institution has obtained Marketing License to distribute electricity to the university community, added that the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) 8.03MW power project would soon be completed.
What Professor Ogunbodede is saying
“The University has processed and obtained from the Transmission Corporation of Nigeria the Marketing License as Electricity distributor, the first Nigerian University to enjoy the privilege. This will enable OAU generate its own electricity.
“The aim is to reduce the economic burden of high tariff and ensure regular electricity supply to enhance its various academic activities.
“The University presently pays over N80m per month for electricity and additionally over N2m per month on Diesel to power generators,”he said.
Significant strides beyond electricity generation
Ogunmodede explained that OAU had recorded significant achievements in all its areas of competencies, particularly in learning, research and community service, leading to innovations and patents in the areas of Health, Drug, Agriculture and Technology.
“The University pioneered kidney transplant in Nigeria in 2002, conducted the first separation of Siamese twins in sub Sahara African and did a Cochlear Implantation,” he said.
Ogunbodede further stated that the university has produced, among its staff, a Nobel Laureatte and six Nigerian National Merit Award Winners.