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Imo govt to partner US firms for alternative power source

12 June 2014, 06:43

Owerri - The Imo Government on Wednesday said it had concluded plans to partner with solar technology experts from the U.S. to generate alternative energy for its residents.

The Speaker of the state assembly, Chief Benjamin Uwajumogu, announced the plan when the authorities of the Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, visited him in Owerri.

Uwajumogu said the project would provide a better alternative to the mini generator sets popularly known as ‘I pass my neighbour.’

He said the experts would also be in charge of the "waste to wealth" project, designed to recycle waste products in the state.

The speaker explained that the experts would partner with the state-owned tertiary institutions to train their students on the solar energy and waste-to-wealth projects.

He also said the Imo State University and Imo State Polytechnic were expected to build power plants in their institutions.

According to him, the two institutions are expected to assemble solar panels for power generation for renewable energy.

Uwajumogu explained that the solar panels would be cheaper, more affordable and safer to use.
The speaker commended the Rector of the polytechnic, Dr Wence Madu, for developing infrastructure in the institution since he assumed office.

Earlier, Madu, thanked members of the assembly for giving the education sector a boost through people-oriented legislation.

He commended the lawmakers for the speedy passage of the free education bill, adding that it had impacted positively on the affairs of the institution.  

He said the institution had embarked on the upgrade of its facilities and staff strength to maintain global best practices for quality teaching and learning.

Madu also pledged the readiness of the institution to partner with the lawmakers to chart a better course for the state.

-    NAN

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