Azura Power West Africa Limited has generously donated two plants valued at approximately N604 million to the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) in Enugu State as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.
During the groundbreaking ceremony held at the Faculty of Engineering, UNN, Mr. Edu Okeke, the Managing Director of Azura Power West Africa, announced the inauguration of a 240KW solar project and a car park. He emphasized that this initiative aims to support the university community, enhance academic performance, and promote education across Nigeria.
Represented by Mr. Murtala Bello, the Head of Corporate Affairs, Okeke highlighted electricity as a fundamental infrastructure for learning and security within the university premises.
He stated, “Today, at the groundbreaking ceremony of the 240KW solar and car park project at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, we hereby initiate a project under Our Power to Change Programme. It aims to provide unlimited and reliable energy, promote hands-on renewable energy experience for students, and encourage energy efficiency.”
Okeke also emphasized the project’s environmental benefits, including reducing carbon footprint and mitigating the effects of climate change. He confirmed that the project is expected to be completed within 105 days.
The Vice Chancellor of UNN, Professor Charles Arizechukwu, expressed his delight with the donation, stating that it was unprecedented and a commendable initiative for other corporate organizations to emulate.
Represented by Professor Romanus Okonkwo, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Professor Arizechukwu assured continued partnership with Azura Power in various areas to enhance development within the university community.
Professor Emenike Ejiiogu, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, described the donation as a significant transition from hydro and gas-powered electricity to clean and renewable energy. He emphasized that this transition would facilitate accelerated growth in research and studies within the Faculty and its Associated Centres of Excellence.