The Consul General of the Embassy of Germany, Herr Ingi Herbert, has said about $30 million has been voted for a solar power project in the University of Calabar.
He made the confirmation during the ground-breaking ceremony of the project which is a Nigeria-German energy partnership.
He said it was not a Federal Government only project, but that it was in conjunction with Dantata Solar Ltd, a project development partner, and the university.
He said the 10mw project, when completed would ensure 24 hours power supply throughout the university campus, as well as the adjoining University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH).
The consul general said the project would additionally provide some technical training to personnel of the electrical department, adding that the university would pay back the money after seven years and thereafter it would become theirs.
Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Zana Akpagu, expressed happiness at the partnership with the German Embassy, saying it was one of the many partnerships with foreign firms and governments.
“Before now we used to spend over N50m every month to generate power for the university, and this consumes more than our internally generated revenue. Our electrical and technical personnel will acquire additional knowledge from the project which will definitely boost our electricity needs,” he said.
Chief Medical Director of UCTH, Prof. Thomas Agan, was also very excited over the project, saying his tertiary health facility which had suffered power cuts incessantly would soon benefit from the project.