The University of Ilorin » , Kwara State, has
reportedly signed a Memorandum of
Understanding , MoU, with an American company,
Arrow Capital Solar Company, to produce 500
mega watts of solar energy.
This project, which allegedly N600 billion costs is
aimed at ensuring that the institution has an
uninterrupted supply of electricity
According to TheNewsNigeria, the project will
commence immediately and will be completed in
October, 2016. This is arguable the first of its
kind in the Nigerian varsities.
Chief Executive Officer of Arrow Capital Solar
Company, Brian Travis, while addressing the
press said, the project is driven by a private
sector and is an ” absolute demonstration of
private sector initiative by the American company in
Travis also added that UNILORIN was chosen for
the project because of its strategic location,
pointing out that the institution is an ideal
location for solar power, especially that the
backbone of the electricity distribution in the
country runs through the line of the institution.
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He also added that his company was buoyed by
President Muhammadu Buhari’s announcement
during his official visit to America that Nigeria
was highly committed to solar power.
“ The project is roughly N600 billion and is
expected, when completed in about five months
time, to produce 500 mega watts of solar energy.
” It is going to supply 10 percent of power to
Nigeria; we have three major grids and with
significant power we will extend to Lagos, Kano
and other parts of the country . “
In response to this development, Vice Chancellor,
University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali »
has said expressed his excitement for the
He said: “ We at the University of Ilorin see the
project as an opportunity to contribute to the
efforts of the federal government of Nigeria in
terms of power generation and distribution.
” Again, we are looking at the benefits the
University will derive from the whole exercise,
among which is the constant power supply to our
university. We cannot over emphasise the need for
that because we have a lot of departments that
depend on constant power supply, most especially
our biomedical research. We recently
commissioned a Centre for Research Laboratory
and we have quite a number of research groups
being encouraged to do research and we all know
that we cannot carry out scientific research
appropriately without constant power supply.“
Ambali also added that this development will go
a long way to encourage the graduate students
of the university in their research to generate
data that would be acceptable and comparable
to others across the globe.
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