Determined to save the cost Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, AAUA expends on diesel everyday, Ondo State Government has facilitated a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, between the institution and DANTATA Solar Ltd. for the provision of solar power technology.
The MOU is part of the dividends of the Nigerian-German Energy Partnership in tandem the Akeredolu administration's plans to lighten up towns and communities across the state through the provision of uninterrupted electricity supply.
Speaking during the signing of the MOU, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, lauded the cooperation between Nigerian and German governments for which the Adekunle University, Akungba- Akoko, would begin to enjoy a new lease of life having existed for years without electricity supply from the national grid.
He said this development would make other institutions emulate the university in meeting its mandate of imparting knowledge and turning out quality graduates for the advancement of the county.
The governor however pleaded with the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany,Mr Ingo Herbert, who led the team, to help the State Government in its determination on similar gesture of providing power supply to communities in the riverine areas of the state.
Earlier, the Consular General, Mr Ingo Herbert advised the Sunshine State to leverage on its solar potentials to generate enough solar energy for the use of residents.
The Consular General assured that the project would be completed within six months and would serve the university community for 25years.
The Coordinator of the Nigerian-Germany Energy Partnership Dr Jeremy Gaines said the project would stop the use of diesel to power generators being used in AAUA which had been proven to be environmentally unfriendly.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Igbekele Ajibefun who expressed gratitude to the State Government said when the project is delivered, the university would be saving huge sums of money expended on maintaining the generators.
Professor Ajibefun signed the MOU on behalf of the state government while the Project Manager of DANTANTA, Mr Oyeneye Babajide signed on behalf of the solar energy company.