20 October 2014, Lagos – Lagos is estimated to need up to 20,000 Megawatts, MW, of electricity for its over 20 million people, but only an average of 1,000 MW is delivered to the State from the national grid.
According to records, the state has 906 primary schools with 859,456 pupils as well as 360 secondary schools with 633,247 students.
The thrust of the government educational policy is the provision of qualitative education and the pursuit of academic excellence.
Therefore, as part of efforts to enhance academic excellence, the State government has concluded plans for the installation of solar power across all the public schools.
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, disclosed this at the formal commissioning of the Lagos Energy Academy last Wednesday, aimed at producing energy professionals even as he inducted first batch of its students.
Speaking at the academy, situated at the State Electricity Board, Works Yard Road, GRA, Ikeja, after the commissioning Fashola said, “Solar energy installations are going to be installed in all the public schools in the State.
“Very soon you would see this installed in all our schools in Lagos, so we are taking the schools off regular generators, carbon energy.
“All public schools buildings would have solar panels on top of them, that is where the energy is going to come from and it would also have charging points for students who need to charge their IPADS. So this is a foundation for moving our schools finally to electronic and e-learning because there would be regular and uninterrupted power,” he added.”
The governor said it would provide training for young people to become technicians and electrical engineers and provide training in generation, transmission and distribution.
Fashola explained that inside the academy, there are modules on the sub-station which had been simulated as well as transformers and all sorts of learning equipment and tools.
According to the governor, the state government’s initiative is significant because it connects the curriculum of the academy with the needs of the society.
Fashola said, “We are connecting our curriculum to the needs of our society. The biggest needs of this society today is power and as the Discos are taking position, they are going to need men and women, boys and girls who will provide the manpower, the knowledge and this is where we have decided to invest, to connect these young people to jobs that are waiting to be taken.
*Olasunkanmi Akoni – Vanguard