Managing Director of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad has pledged his Agency’s determination to help Ahmadu Bello University overcome its electricity problem.
The MD made the pledge when the Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Prof Kabir Bala, visited his office in Abuja yesterday, to seek the agency’s support and collaboration in areas of common interest.
Speaking during the visit, the vice-chancellor seeks the partnership of the Agency to help the University overcome its electricity challenges. The two heads brainstorming on ways they can collaborate for mutual good.
In his remarks, the Managing Director pledged his Agency’s determination to help the Ahmadu Bello University to overcome its electricity problem.
The Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency (REA) was created by the Electric Power Sector Reform Act in 2006. The agency exists to facilitate the provision of affordable power supply for residential, commercial, industrial, and social activities in the rural and peri-urban areas of the country.
REA has previously focused on grid extension investments but is now mandated to concentrate on providing off-grid solutions to rural dwellers such as mini-grids and solar home systems.
REA’s goal is to encourage and promote private sector participation in rural development using the nation’s abundant renewable energy sources while ensuring that Government Agencies, Co-operatives, and Communities, actively participate in enhancing electricity service delivery.
Ahmadu Bello University is currently having the challenge of power which is vital for every facet of the university system. Without which the university can not function optimally
According to the last known study of the electrical energy consumption pattern of the samaru campus of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria over a period of five years for the PHCN supply and generator supplement.
The University had to supplement PHCN supply by installing 7.74MW capacity Diesel and Petrol generators in both academic and residential areas due to power outages from PHCN.
The power supplied by these generators constitute 42.6% of monthly energy consumption in 2003, 40% in 2004, 39% in 2005, 49.3% in 2006, 55.27% in 2007 and 37.3% as at May 2008.
As of 2016, the university’s electricity bill stood at 90 million naira despite the irregular supply which led the University community to staged an awareness campaign match to bring to the notice of the public the huge electricity tariff that the institution has had to bear.