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FG vows to go after contractors of N5bn failed BUK solar project

The Minister of Education, Prof Tahir Mamman on Friday said the federal Government will go after contractors who installed the failed 7.1 megawatts solar hybrid power plant at the Bayero University, Kano.

Mamman said they would bring the might of government to ensure they are been accounted for.

The minister stated this while inspecting the solar plant site on Friday after commissioning four structures – Centre for Teaching and learning, micro-teaching Laboratory, Department of Anatomy (faculty of Veterinary Medicine), and center for reading research development funded by the University and TETFUND at the new site of the University.

SOLACEBASE reports that the solar project plant was commissioned in 2019 but failed to deliver the required results.

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He said the solar project is supposed to be a succor to its immediate community to enhance research and studies but has failed having spent almost N5 billion taxpayers fund.

Mamman said, “Somebody can’t just come here and put so much money and there is no results or outcome from it. We are going to chase up those who handle this project to ensure we get value for our money.

“This is taxpayers’ money, It’s very strange you moved into a university where you don’t know what is happening from conception to execution of projects and it fails like this and there is nobody to hold into account. We will bring the might of the federal government to ensure people are held into account for this.

The minister also noted that, the federal government is working on projects that will empower Nigerian universities as approved by the President through the CNG.

“For us to come here within a very short time because I understand these Projects are 2022 projects. It underscores the diligence and Prudence with which the management of this university is handling its funds, for which they must be commended.

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“This university is at the forefront of what we want to see the tertiary institution in Nigeria achieve which is to provide necessary research, innovations and at the forefront of generating new ideas for our development,” he added.

In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Sagir Adamu Abbas thanked the Minister for his immense support to the University.

He said the University is committed to executing projects capable of boosting learning in a conducive atmosphere, saying the University is ranked number five in Nigeria and number 1016 in the world out of 29,000 universities sampled.


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