GOVERNOR UMAHI FACTORS AE-FUNAI IN RURAL ELECTRIFICATION
Representatives from Transmission Company of Nigeria, Abuja, led by staff of Ministry of Power and Energy, Ebonyi State, on Friday, 26th July, 2019, paid courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba, with the mission to install electricity to the University community.
Confirming the package, Engineer G. I. Nwankwo, Permanent Secretary designate, Ministry of Power and Energy, Ebonyi state, and leader of the team, stated that his Excellency, Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi has shown interest in rapid transformation of the state through rural and rugged electrification by expanding its scope. He added that the capacity of electricity in the state is very low and the need to expand the scope is paramount, hence installation of solar power energy in the state.
Engr. Nwankwo, further mentioned that the governor wants to expand the grid in the state by engaging the services of Transmission Company who are experts in the field to come for an inspection, to capture very important loop centers in the state so that they can go home, integrate it and come up with a plan on how the state will have a very strong energy background.
Furthermore, he affirmed that the governor while listing areas to be captured, mentioned Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu- Alike, Ebonyi State, as one of the beneficiaries of this project. To him, the governor has planned this year to expand backup to the feeder supplying the light.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Sunday Elom, welcoming the august visitors in his office, stated that AE-FUNAI is a very new university established by the former administration in 2011 that has low income generation to power generator by purchase of diesel on daily basis for university activities for which, he said is not practically possible for a university of seven faculties aspiring to become a world class university. He said, ‘’this is a cheering news that you people are remembering us. It may also interest you to know that the Federal Government is coming to commission a power plant here in AE-FUNAI by 2nd of next month”. It is a welcome development for AE-FUNAI, urging the Deputy Director, Physical Planning, Works and Services (PPW&S), Engr. Etche to take them round for site viewing.