With over half of Nigeria’s population under the age of eighteen, the future of the nation lies with its youth. Empowering this majority demographic is at the centre of the Rural Electrification Agency’s (REA) mandate, which brought to life the Energising Education Programme (EEP).
The EEP’s responsibility to Nigeria’s youth is matched by its ambition. The project aims to light up 37 universities and seven teaching hospitals when completed. To date, a third of the planned 89.6MW generating capacity has been installed, bringing power to over 159,000 staff and students.
With a burgeoning aspirational and educated young population, electricity shortages continue to be a huge hindrance on students and young entrepreneurs. For the country’s tech scene, the continent’s largest, and a significant contributor to GDP, this is a priority area of development.
Damilola Ogunbiyi, MD and CEO of REA, commented: “The benefits of the Energising Education Programme are immeasurable, as improving the quality of education and ensuring safe and conducive learning environments, through access to reliable power, training centres and streetlights, would result in the churning out of excellent graduates, thus the multiply effects on all facets of society.”
Source: EsiAfrica via CrudeMix Africa