Power outages are frequent and random in Nigeria. To solve this problem, a university in Nigeria has built an organic waste power-generating plant to provide electricity to the whole university. This is the first such innovation by a Nigerian university to help address the power shortage in that country.

Recently, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, the first indigenous university in the country, which is located in South East Nigeria, achieved a milestone by being the first university in the country to launch an organic waste power plant that will generate steady electricity for the university.

The plant is a 100 kilo-volt-ampere (kVA) refuse-derived fuel (RDF) gasification plant designed to power the whole campus and nearby communities.

The project, which was initiated by the former vice chancellor of the institution, Prof Chinedu Nebo, when he was the minister of power four years ago, was completed and inaugurated by Prof Benjamin Ozumba, the present vice chancellor.

“I am happy that under my watch the university has witnessed innovation and transformation,” Ozumba said. “Today, another feather has been added to the cap of my administration. This is the first of its kind in the county – using waste to generate electricity.”

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