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Ebonyi federal varsity sets up task force on green initiative

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(Right) Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba. Photo: Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State, Nigeria.

In order to accelerate the spate of tree planting under the Campus-green Initiative of the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba has set up a taskforce charged with the responsibility of ensuring an aggressive tree planting scheme in the university.

Speaking after an on-the-spot assessment of the impact of the Initiative so far, the Vice-Chancellor reiterated his determination to make the university the most green-campus in Nigeria.
 
“I have the dream of making this university the most green-campus in Nigeria”, urging members of the taskforce to think-out-of-the-box to make the dream a reality,” according to Nwajiuba.

Towards achieving the dream, the Vice-Chancellor divided the university into four sectors. He also appointed two members of the taskforce to manage each of the sectors. 

The Vice-Chancellor further appointed Mrs. Ijeoma Kalu to coordinate both the internal and external tree and monetary donations meant for the campus-green initiative while Mr. Ogunsanya was to take inventory and custody of all donated trees and the ones to be donated in future. 

Charging members of the taskforce to take the assignment seriously, he directed that henceforth fruit tress such as oil bean (ugba), cashew, guava, mango, cocoa and citrus plants of all kinds are to be planted at designated places.

Meanwhile, 20 female students of the university, drawn from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines have been selected to participate in the Federal Government Energizing Education Programme.

This hint was dropped by the Programme Manager, Energizing Education Program, Anita Otubu when she led a team from the Rural Electrification Agency, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to take-over the site for the construction of a solar farm in the university.

The Energizing Education Programme is a federal government fully-funded programme geared towards providing reliable, affordable and renewable energy for the 37 federal universities and all the teaching hospitals in Nigeria.

AE-FUNAI is one of the nine Federal universities in Nigeria that are benefiting from the programme at first instance.

When completed, the project would provide one mega watt of electricity to power university community and its surrounding.


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