The Nigerian-German Energy Partnership (NGEP) has pledge it’s commitment to the University of Calabar in the area of Solar Energy
The pledge was made during a Courtesy visit of the representative of the German Ambassador to Nigeria and Coordinator of NGEP, Dr. Jeremy Gaines to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Zana Akpagu recently.
Speaking during the visit, Dr. Gaines stated that, the Nigerian-German Energy Partnership (NGEP) was set up in 2008 during the administration of late President Umaru Musa Yaradua to ensure adequate power supply in Nigeria, as well as, Africa through Solar power adding that, the idea of the partnership is to create a technology that will bring about an effective, efficient and consistent power supply.
He bemoaned that, the biggest challenge Nigerian has in terms of adequate power supply is that the power stations were built one place which is the South-South region of the Country which made it difficult to supply energy to the whole nation.
The NGEP Coordinator also used the opportunity to thank the Honourable Minister of Power, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola for signing eight solar power stations to be built in the six Geo-Political Zones in the Country.
Dr. Gaines stated that, the University of Calabar was chosen to represent the South-South Universities and they are committed to making sure they plant a power station in the Institution so as to cut down the expenses of running diesel generators as alternate source of power.
In his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor, University of Calabar, Prof. Zana Akpagu stated that he is delighted to have the Coordinator and his team visits the Institution adding that, the University is looking forward to a mutually benefitting partnership with them.
Prof. Akpagu also used the visit to express the University’s gratitude to the German Ambassador to Nigeria for his quick implementation of the project in the area of energy.
The Chief Administrator said that, the Institution as a whole spends half of its entire resources (IGR) to provide power for the Community noting that as a research Institution, they cannot do without power supply and he is looking forward to achieving a very good result.
The highpoint of the visit was Inspection of the site where the proposed power plant will be built and inspection of some ancillary facilities by Dr. Jeremy Gaines and taking of photographs.