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ABUAD takes another giant step

  …commences Independent Power Project

 

Exactly one month after it commissioned four milestone projects witnessed by the crème-de-la-crème members of the society, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), on June 21, 2018 turned the sod of its Independent Power Project (IPP). This giant, bold and futuristic step in partnership with Project Consortium, Wema Bank Plc. and FCMB Plc. makes ABUAD, which the National Universities Commission (NUC) has acknowledged “as the pride of university system in Nigeria” and dubbed “a world class institution of Higher Education”, the first university to embark on such a project in Nigeria.

The turning of the sod of the IPP is in tandem with the proclamation of the Founder of the university, Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), earlier in the year that 2018 would be a year of new things.

The string of new things within the precinct of the university started with the turning of the sod of the university’s 121-unit Industrial Research Park on January 25, 2018, which was closely followed by the commencement of operations at the state-ofthe- art 400-bed ABUAD Multi- System Hospital on March 21, 2018.

Before the June 21 turning of the sod of ABUAD IPP, the university had on May 21 commissioned its Planetarium, the sophisticated Tele-medicine equipment donated to its Multi-System Hospital by its partners, Aster DM of Dubai, and its state-of-the-art multibillion Naira Postgraduate College & Halls of Residence as well as the modern Social & Management Sciences Complex.

Speaking at the turning of the sod and in a tone garnished with a tinge of accomplishment, Babalola started off by saying: “Ladies and gentlemen, I welcome you all to this monumental and milestone step taken by our university, the first of its kind in Nigeria.

This will appear to be a confirmation of the words of national and international education stakeholders like the NUC and UNESCO which have endorsed our university as a leader in quality and functional education.

“To succeed as a university, we are in need of many important things like steady supply of electricity. This is more so because we are in a country where we have to provide amenities like road, water and electricity for ourselves which combine to make running a university like ours a very expensive venture. “I can tell you that ABUAD is one of the few universities in Nigeria where there is 24- hour power supply daily, but it is at our own instance.

It is not cheap. It is not cheap because in addition to running on 24 giant generating sets in this university, we pay as much as N19 million to PHCN every month.” Adducing reasons for the ABUAD IPP, Babalola said with the university’s 121-unit Industrial Park and the 400- bed ABUAD Multi-System Hospital which was commissioned on October 20, last year and commenced operation on March 21, this year, there is the need for constant and uninterrupted power supply within the ABUAD community.

During the sod turning proper which was preceded with prayer by the wife of the Founder and the Executive Chairman of ABUAD Ventures, Yeye Aare Modupe Babalola, the legal luminary called on other universities in Nigeria to follow his example by commencing their own power projects.

In his remarks, the Managing Director of Project Consortium, ABUAD’s partners on the IPP, Engr. Akinpelu Shogunle, thanked God for the manifestation of His prophesy that new things would be happening in ABUAD. He equally appreciated Babalola for his vision of establishing a world class university in Nigeria and for showing Nigerians how a university should be run.

His words: “With what we are doing here today coupled with what I have seen in this university since I came in yesterday, history and posterity will not forget the Founder of this university.

This is a university with a difference and we are happy to be partnering with this on this power project.” Shogunle, who had spent 44 years in the United States of America, plying his trade as a professional engineer before he was discovered by Babalola, emphasised that ABUAD’s IPP is not the runof- the-mill project, stressing that the project would soon become a template that would involve ABUAD Engineering students so much so that others would in future come and understudy ABUAD’s IPP because it has been primed to be pleasantly and positively different.

Earlier in her welcome address, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Smaranda Olarinde, who underscored the place and import of figure 21 in the life of the Founder, thanked Babalola for blessing the ABUAD community with another project on June 21, stressing that “every important thing happens here on the 21.” According to Olarinde, the partnership between ABUAD and Project Consortium is to ensure uninterrupted power supply in ABUAD, a 21st Century citadel of academic excellence, adding that the ABUAD’s IPP is unique because it is the first of its kind in any Nigerian university.

She thanked Project Consortium, Wema Bank Plc. and FCMB Plc. for partnering with ABUAD on the IPP, adding that the ABUAD community is looking forward to a speedy completion of the project for its members to witness its commissioning in the nearest future.

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