UNN POWER GENERATION PROJECT
The University of Nigeria, Nsukka/MILHOUSE Independent Power Ground-Breaking Ceremony
In recent years one of the serious problems affecting the quality of academic output in the country has been the failure in having stable electric power supply. This has affected research outputs at various levels and as well as all other activities that are power dependent. UNN, like all other universities in the country is not immune from this ugly unreliable situation. These inadequacies have resulted in university managements spending their lean resources in supplementing the public power supply with the use of diesel powered generators.
The Vice Chancellor of University of Nigeria, Professor Chukwuma Benjamin Ozumba, who is determined to find a lasting solution to this age-long poor electric power supply problem has gone a step further than the generating sets syndrome. His vision and desire to make UNN the number one university in Nigeria and beyond in qualitative teaching and learning as well as in infrastructural development has been driven to establish an independent power generating station in the university. In his quest to conquer this menace, Vice Chancellor has reached an understanding with MILHOUSE to establish a 60megawatts coal powered plant in Nsukka Campus.
To kick off the project, a ground-breaking ceremony anchored by the Director, ICT/Innovation Centre, Dr. Olisa Okeke, was held at the proposed plant site, near the Nru gate of the university on the 23rd of November, 2017. The ceremony was attended by the Vice Chancellor, who was supported by all the Principal Officers of the University, the CEO of MILHOUSE and her top Management Team from America, the Igwe of Nru Nsukka (the Host Community), members of his cabinet, and the university community.
This project when completed will provide 24/7 (24 hours/7 days) reliable power supply within the Campus and surrounding communities. Furthermore, this project will help to achieve the following:
- create employment for our graduates, students and other members of our host community.
- improve the quality of students’ performance by boosting academic activities that will lead to ground-breaking research breakthroughs.
- increase the visibility of the University of Nigeria globally.
- impact positively on the living standards of the people of this zone,
- promote economic growth and sustainable development in our Universities.
The Company has also promised to sponsor a professorial chair in the Faculty of Engineering.