Minister of Education Tahir Mamman Inaugurates UNN Solar PV Mini Grid Field Laboratory

Minister Tahir Mamman inaugurates University of Nigeria Nsukka's Solar PV Mini Grid Field Lab, enhancing training on energy generation and distribution.

Minister of Education Tahir Mamman Inaugurates UNN Solar PV Mini Grid Field Laboratory
Minister Tahir Mamman

In a significant stride towards advancing sustainable energy solutions, the Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, has officially inaugurated the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) Phase 1 Solar PV Mini Grid Field Laboratory. The ceremony, held in Nsukka on Saturday, was part of the activities commemorating UNN’s 52nd convocation ceremony.

The Solar PV Mini Grid Field Laboratory is poised to serve as a hub for training personnel across various sectors, including staff, students, corporate entities, and interested individuals, on both conventional and alternative energy generation, transmission, and distribution.

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According to Prof. Tahir Mamman, this initiative represents a crucial step towards addressing Nigeria's energy challenges. He emphasized the importance of equipping individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate diverse energy systems effectively

The Minister commended the University of Nigeria Nsukka for its proactive approach in establishing the Energy Park, underscoring its potential contribution to national growth and development.

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Representing the Minister, Mrs. Rakiya Ilyasu, Director of University Education in the Federal Ministry of Education, lauded the collaborative efforts that made the project a reality. She highlighted the pivotal role of institutions like UNN in fostering innovation and capacity building in crucial sectors like energy.

In his remarks, Prof. Charles Igwe, the Vice-Chancellor of UNN, expressed gratitude to various stakeholders, including the World Bank, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), and the Federal Ministry of Education, for their support in executing the project. However, he also appealed for additional funding to facilitate more transformative projects within the institution.

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The Director of the Africa Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Power and Energy Development (ACE-SPED) at UNN, Prof. Emenike Ejiogu, provided insights into the significance of the Energy Park. He explained that the facility would not only provide theoretical knowledge but also offer practical training to develop skilled manpower capable of addressing the nation's energy needs effectively.

Prof. Ejiogu emphasized the diverse range of energy generation systems available at the Energy Park, including solar, mini-hydro, wind, bio-digester, and bio-gas technologies. He underscored the importance of having a dedicated facility for demonstrating various energy solutions, emphasizing its role in addressing the manpower gap in the energy sector.

The inauguration of the Solar PV Mini Grid Field Laboratory marks a significant milestone in Nigeria's quest for sustainable energy development. With a focus on training and capacity building, this initiative is poised to empower individuals and organizations to contribute meaningfully to the country's energy transition efforts.

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