An energy conservation policy to regulate and monitor electricity consumption within Federal University Otuoke will soon be streamlined. Vice-Chancellor, FUO Prof. Mobolaji Aluko announced this while playing host to a team of Engineers from the Port-Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) Yenagoa Business Unit in his office led by the Business Manager, Engr. Anya Chukwu.
He highlighted areas of power supply to FUO that require improvement, including voltage, voltage regulation, proper metering, reconciliation of bills, tariffs and feeder lines.
The VC expressed regret that inadequate power supply has cost the institution a high percentage of monetary loss due to procurement and running of generators.
Prof. Aluko categorically stated that the University needs to be considered for an educational rate in the A3 tariff class where tariffs are brought down for institutions.
The VC called for a dedicated line from Gbarain to Imiringi grid linking FUO. “We want to spend the least money to get the most amount of clean steady electrical power”, he added.
He revealed that the university has constituted an Energy and Environmental Research Group (EERG) to work on rural re-electrification and embedded generation expected to be beneficial to the host community and FUO.
Responding, the business manager PHED Yenagoa Business Unit, Engr. Anya Chukwu announced government’s plans to revive the Imiringi grid which FUO is a stakeholder in.
He recommended procurement of a bulk voltage regulator for easy usage, monitoring and subscription to high voltage energy supply at FUO permanent site, currently under construction.
Engr. Anya further discussed payment modalities of electricity bills by the Institution.
Present at the courtesy call were the Register FUO Mr. David Souwari, Head Physical Planning and Development, Mr. Sanmi Fajemisin, Head works Unit, Engr. Bonnie Fred and Head Public Relations Unit, Ms. Mercy Ekott.