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OAU to generate 8.03mw of electricity, plans exiting national grid

  • 124 students graduate with First Class Honours

Isola Moses

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, Nigeria, will soon complete its independent power project (IPP) from which it will generate enough electricity for the consumption of members of the University community while exiting the national grid.

ConsumerConnect learnt that Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, Vice-Chancellor, OAU, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the 44th convocation of the institution scheduled for December 2019.

Prof. Ogunbodede said the university currently consumes 6.0 megawatts of electricity, and that the IPP would generate 8.03 megawatts, which would be more than the consumption level now.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, OAU was initially, scheduled to exit the national power grid in October 2019, but the bureaucracy of change in the Ministry of Power necessitated the delay, adding that the project was 75 per cent ready.

“The project would generate 8.03 megawatts of electricity against the current 6.0 megawatts the University community is consuming.

Portions of the project work, he added, “are 100 percent ready, while others are above 75 percent ready.”

Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor has said 124 OAU students would be graduating with First Class Honours at the institution’s 44th convocation ceremony.

Of the 7,209 graduands, 5,292 students are in the undergraduates’ category, while 1,917 are in the post-graduates category.

Ogunbodede has said OAU had jettisoned the era of unstable calendar, saying the school had repositioned itself to compete with other ivory towers globally.

The institution, from next academic session, would ensure that it equips its students with entrepreneurship knowledge and vocational skills that would enable them to survive in the Labour market without waiting for white collar jobs, he disclosed.

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