Access to constant power supply in educational institutions and healthcare facilities in Nigeria has been identified as a major challenge and barrier to effective learning, institutional operations, student residency and access to quality healthcare
Considering the role of arguably the most important sectors in driving socio-economic development in Nigeria, being Education and Health, the Federal Ministry of Power through the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), resolved to embark on viable projects that will ensure the availability of clean, reliable, sustainable and affordable power to Nigeria’s Federal Universities and University Teaching Hospitals.
In view of the foregoing, the ‘Energizing Education Programme’ (the “EEP”), was approved by His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, in 2016, with the overall objective to provide reliable, affordable and sustainable power to 37 Federal Universities and 7 Teaching Hospitals through renewable energy solutions.
The EEP Phase II will see to the implementation of this Federal Government of Nigeria’s (FGN’s) objective in 7 Federal Universities and 2 University Teaching Hospitals, across the 6 Geopolitical Zones in Nigeria. The phase II institutions are:
|Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta||Ogun||South-West|
|Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike||Abia||South- East|
|University of Calabar & Teaching Hospital||Cross River||South- South|
|University of Maiduguri & Teaching Hospital||Borno||North-East|
|University of Abuja||F.C.T||North Central|
|Federal University Gashua||Yobe||North-East|
|Nigerian Defence Academy||Kaduna||North-West|
Funding breakdown of the EEP Phase II
USD105 million has been earmarked for the implementation and this covers the EPC for the power plant, streetlights, rehabilitation of existing distribution network, one-year operations and maintenance, and the training center components.
Sub components of the EEP Phase II
Not only does the EEP seek to provide stable power supply to its beneficiary institutions, but also to provide as part of its components:
The EEP Phase II will also provide a platform where 20 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) female students from each of the 7 beneficiary institutions will gain hands-on practical training and experience in the design and construction of power systems, throughout the construction phase of the projects.
Towards ensuring sustainability of the EEP Phase II projects, a Competitive Bidding Process will be adopted in the engagement of renowned experienced Engineering Procurement and Construction Contractors that will execute the Phase II projects.
EEP STEM Internship Programme
As part of REA’s commitment to advancing gender inclusion and diversity in the power sector, the initiative of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Female Student Internship Programme was established under the EEP (EEP STEM Programme). The goal of this programme is to provide hands-on practical experience to 20 female students from each of the beneficiary institutions, in the design and construction of power systems throughout the construction stage of the EEP projects, as well as to provide continued skill/ capacity building post the STEM Internship Programme. For EEP Phase II, 20 STEM female students across the selected phase II institutions will be the ones to gain this hands on training.
- To assist the selected students excel academically in their various courses, as well as encourage them to further advance their studies in STEM-related courses.
- To expose and give the students the confidence to take up STEM related careers with indigenous and foreign companies with proven knowledge expertise and experience.
- To equip the students with the skills required to thrive in the power sector.
- A total of 140 female students will be empowered
- Better understanding of STEM courses/ subjects taught at the university
- Developed/ improved skills and ability to be innovative towards becoming highly employable
- Increased awareness on career and mentorship opportunities in the power sector