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Rural Electrification Agency (REA) :Phase 1 of EEP to Provide 224,800 People with Access to 24/7 Power Supply

By The Nigerian Voice
Damilola Ogunbiyi, -Rural Electrification Agency (REA-)
Damilola Ogunbiyi, -Rural Electrification Agency (REA-)
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An energy audit report of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has disclosed that as many as 224,800 people living within or around nine federal universities and a teaching hospital selected for the first phase of the Energizing Education Programme (EEP), would be connected to the 28.56 megawatts (MW) gas and hybrid solar power plants to be built in the universities, OGN reports.

According to a concept note obtained from the REA, the first phase of the EEP has been approved to go on in universities that include the University of Lagos, Usman Dan Fodio University Sokoto, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi, Bayero University Kano, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, and Obafemi Awolowo University Osun, amongst others. Within the first phase, 28.56MW would be procured for generation, from which access to education and offerings of the universities would be expected to be improved on.

According to the REA, the program was initiated to help the universities cutdown on their expenses on fossil fuel generating sets, or on-grid power supplies. They would also help the university communities become economically viable. According to it: “The EEP is one of the programmes designed to implement the energy access and sufficiency action point of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (EGRP) and it is also incorporated into the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved Power Sector Reform Programme (PSRP), as a vital component of the PSRP.”

Source: Energy Mix Report