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FG pledges support for UNN’s gasification plant to resolve electricity challenge


Ogbonnaya Onu

The Federal Government has disclosed that it will support the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) to resolve the country’s electricity challenge through its Refuse Drives Fuel (RDF) gasification plant project.

Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, made the pledge in Nsukka shortly after inspecting the 500KVA gasification plant built by a team of researchers of the university’s Engineering Department led by Prof. Emenike Ejiogu.

He commended the research team for the plant, which currently supplies the administrative block of the university electricity through organic materials.


“This innovation will not only give more people electricity, but clear refuse dumps on our streets, as refuse dumps are now being converted to electricity. I congratulate UNN on this achievement.

“The innovation will bring out clean environment in the country, create more jobs and wealth, as well as generate electricity to power our homes and industries,” he said.

He urged other universities to emulate UNN by paying special attention to science and innovation, adding that it would make universities in the country to be ranked among the best globally in future.

“I am happy with UNN’s quality of research and innovation that is fulfilling the vision of its founding fathers. I urge other universities in the country to emulate UNN by paying special attention to science and innovations,” he said.

Speaking, Vice Chancellor of UNN, Prof. Charles Igwe, commended Onu for the visit, saying it would go a long way to attract government and private sector support to the gasification plant.


He said: “When the gasification plant is produced in commercial quantity, electricity problems in universities, companies, industries and the entire country will be a thing of the past.

“The university is happy with the gasification plant, because it will help to end the monthly huge electricity bill of N80m from the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC).

“It will not only resolve the challenge of huge electricity bills in the country’s universities, but create more employment and wealth for Nigerians,” he said.

Earlier, Ejiogu said the plant was designed and facilitated by the University’s Laboratory of Industrial Electronics, Power Devices and New Energy Systems (LIEPNES), adding that the plant was capable of reducing diesel consumption by up to 60 per cent.


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