Federal University Otuoke has commenced a comprehensive electricity survey of Otuoke community in line with the objective to implement an initiative that will engage stable electricity supply within the area and environs.
In a statement by the coordinator Energy Environment Research Group (EERG), FUO, Prof. Felix Dayo, to FUO media, the initiative is in recognition of the corporate social responsibility of the University towards its host community.
According to the statement, the University has sought the cooperation and joint work on the initiative with the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) mandated for electricity distribution within the area.
The coordinator EERG noted that the survey is expected to serve as guide to current and future electricity demand within the University and Otuoke Community.
The statement further disclosed that the planned Otuoke Electricity/Micro grid and survey will require proper understanding of types of electricity consumers within Otuoke, their current electricity consumption patterns, types of electricity appliances owned and in use by each end-use consumers, Current consumption of other non-electric energy forms, socio-economic parameters of the community-population, gender, occupation, income and expenditure patterns of the community.
The EERG has already consulted with stakeholders in Otuoke Community to explain the focus, framework and methodology of the survey to aid community cooperation while volunteers have been enlisted (FUO students and Otuoke Youths) to carry-out enumeration and data collection of components of the project.