Written by COMFORT 95.1FM on December 17, 2017
Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has said its proposed ten billion naira solar powered streetlight project in thirty seven federal universities and seven teaching hospitals is set at improving effective learning, innovation and advancement, through uninterrupted power supply, to the institutions.
According to the ministry, the project is part of the Energizing Education Programme of the Federal Government aimed at boosting the nation’s education system by providing uninterrupted power supply to the institutions.
It said these in response to reported criticism of the ten billion naira project by the Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, during the budget defense by the ministry last week.
The ministry in a statement issued Saturday, said the project is far from a “streetlight” project” and the attempt to belittle its impact is out rightly unpatriotic.
The ministry added that In addition to helping to extend electrification to rural and underserved areas in which the institutions are located ultimately, the Programme will enable the institutions benefit from world-class training schools, for the training of students in renewable energy, as well as provide optimised security, for the safety and well being of students and staff, through the installation of streetlights on campus which is only a small component of the Project.