The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has stated that the planned Energising Education Programme (EEP) which aims to provide dedicated and reliable electricity to Federal Universities is on course for delivery in 2018, and already provided for in the 2017 budget.
In a statement, the MD/CEO of REA, Mrs. Damilola Ogunbiyi stated that majority of the Universities under the EEP are located in rural as well as underserved communities, hence the involvement of REA.
“Allegations that the MD/CEO made any statements to the contrary are patently untrue and are at best, a misunderstanding and at worst, a campaign to deny our federal universities the opportunity to access uninterrupted power,” the statement reads in part.
It went further to highlight the progress made on the programme so far to include but not limited to: approval by the Federal Executive Council; signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Phase I university as follows: Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi, Bayero University Kano, Usumanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, Nnamdi Azikwe University, Anambra, University of Lagos, Akoka, Federal University of Petroleum Resources Delta, Obafemi Awolowo University and Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospital; inclusion of the project in the 2017 and the proposed 2018 budget, as well as approval from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
“No objection to award of contracts by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) for the Phase I EEP projects has been obtained,” the statement equally noted.
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