In its quest to promote investigations and learning in the field of renewable energy in the country, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), an agency of the Federal Government, has donated a world-class ‘ Renewable Energy Research Centre’ to Bayero University Kano (BUK).
In the same vein, the agency has also commissioned a building housing Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department to stimulate research in the field of non-renewable energy in the university.
The multi-billion naira renewable energy project sited in the new campus of the university along Jaguza Road in the metropolis is to serve as a research centre for the conduct of investigations in the field of biomass, nuclear energy, as well as other form of alternative energy.
Suleiman Elias Bogoro, executive secretary of TETFund, who presided over the commissioning, said the centre would be serving as a coordinating platform for investigations into renewable energy sources among scholars in the Northern part of the country.
According to him, the centre, solely funded by TETFund, is to complement similar centres of research currently in operations in some selected universities across the country.
Bogoro charged the management of the university to ensure that the centre was well maintained so as to justify the huge investment and commitment of the government to the development of the sector.
He said the development of the renewable energy sector was what the nation required to break away from its continuing dependence on non-renewable sources of energy, such as oil and gas.
While commenting on his agency-sponsored projects in BUK, he disclosed that over six projects were funded in the university in the recent times, and they had all been fully completed.
“I feel excited on behalf of TETFund and the Federal Government today to commission these projects which are indications that we are playing our role, which is to strengthen the capacity of our universities to deliver on their mandate.
“One of the things we normally consider before sponsoring a project in any tertiary institution of learning is when we see a good leadership, that is transparent and accountable, such as we find in BUK.
“The other secret why BUK has been able to attract this number of project was because the leadership of the university has a record of completing projects on time, unlike some institutions that we have declined funding their projects because they are in the practice of delaying projects.
“I have the opportunity to say this without any reservations that based on the factors mentioned above that BUK today is one of the universities with the highest volume of TETFund completed and ongoing projects.
“The prevailing positive environment in Bayero University is the kind of environment that we will like to find in other higher institutions of learning in the country, where every stakeholders are carried along in the execution of projects,” he said.
Bogoro, a professor, expressed delight that BUK had indeed become a centre of academic excellence, and challenged other managers of Nigerian universities to emulate the good example of university.
“We are happy today that BUK is now a centre of Corporate Excellence, and I am particularly glad to be here to commission these projects,” he said.
Speaking with BusinessDay on the sideline of the commissioning, Muhammad Yahuza Bello, vice chancellor, BUK, expressed appreciation for the support TETFund had being rendering to the university.
“I am happy to disclose that BUK has been able to benefit from all the three forms of interventions which TETFund has been granting to universities, namely: the Normal Intervention, Special High Impact Intervention, which was introduced under President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, and also Special Allocation from which many universities benefitted.
“Under the Special High Impact Intervention, BUK has benefitted to the tune of about N3 billion. The university was the second set of universities that benefitted from the intervention from TETFund.
“The amount that the university got under the Normal Intervention was the usual allocations for projects which are made to all the universities, and other higher institutions of learning in the country,” he said.