Dangote mulls to restore kano varsity’s power crisis

Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has revealed plans to introduce alternative energy sources as a sustainable solution to the energy crisis currently affecting Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology (ADUSTECH) in Wudil.

The solo efforts by Aliko Dangote who also doubled as the Chancellor of the state owned University targeted exploring solar mini grids as a lasting option to boost electricity supply to the institution.

A press statement by the Vice Chancellor of the Science based tertiary Institution, Prof. Musa Tukur Yakasai, who was made available to newsmen in Kano on Saturday, revealed that Africa’s foremost industrialist has chosen to realise the lofty goals through the Dangote Foundation.

Prof. Tukur Yakasai in the signed statement said “the Dangote Foundation is exploring a lasting solution to the University’s electricity supply problem through means such as solar mini grids, etc.”

He disclosed that the development was sequel to the restoration of power to the institution on Friday by the Distribution company after “Alhaji Aliko Dangote through the Dangote Foundation made an initial payment of the sum of N100m with the commitment by Kano State Government to offset the outstanding liabilities of not only the University but other State MDA’s.”

The statement by the Vice Chancellor reads in parts : “I am pleased to announce to esteemed members of the University Community and the general public that the University was reconnected with electricity by KEDCO today Friday 5th July, 2024 about 16hrs(4pm) local time. This is sequel to the prompt intervention of Kano State Government and Dangote Foundation”.

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It further reads, “Let me use this opportunity to appreciate members of the University community both Staff and Students for the understanding and patience shown during this very trying time.”

Professor Yakasai “The entire University Community is deeply grateful for the timely intervention and efforts of the Kano State Government under the stewardship of His Excellency Alh Abba Kabir Yusuf through the office of the SSG Dr Abdullahi Baffa Bichi and the Commissioner Ministry for Higher Education Dr Yusuf Kofarmata.”

He further extended his “Special appreciation “goes to our Chancellor and the president of Dangote group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote as well as the DG Dangote Foundation, and her team. ”

The Vice Chancellor therefore appealed to members of the university community to reciprocate the gesture by supporting the management efforts in ensuring judicious utilization of electricity on the campus.

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