Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice- Chancellor of University of Ilorin has disclosed that the Institution is in negotiation with Kyungpook National University (KNU), South Korea, on how UNILORIN can establish it solar farm to deal with energy issue.
The Vice Chancellor made this known after the management of the institution had discussion with a delegate from the South Korean University.
He stated that the university and it neighbouring communities will enjoy reliable energy with collaboration like that.
He said there was need to invest in the building of solar power farms in the university and also to help address the epileptic power situation in the country.
Abdulkareem applauded the innovative technological know-how of the Koreans in the production of sustainable energy.
He recalled that it was in South Korea where he encountered an industry where solar energy was being used to produce energy, which really impressed him.
He said “South Koreans are into the production of not only the energy itself, but the distribution.
“We hope their coming here will give us a chance to have that dream solar farm we have been asking for; it’s so simplified that
anybody can run it.”
The leader of the KNU delegation, Prof. Jeung-Soo Huh of the Department of Climate Change and Energy, expressed delight to be at UNILORIN.
Huh said that the energy needs of Nigeria can be met if the importance of academic research and industry expertise are prioritised.
The Director of UNILORIN Renewable Energy Centre, Prof. Clem Akoshile, highlighted the benefits of cooperating with
other universities across the world, noting that the Ilorin university had engaged in research across many fronts despite limited funding.
He pointed out that “Nigeria is a country blessed with abundant human resources, including natural resources like oil.”
Akoshile lamented the fact that the rate of population growth in the country have not seen to by corresponding increase in infrastructure, among which, electricity.
The event featured extensive presentations such as “Solar Hybrid Solutions for Business in Nigeria”, which emphasised the
importance of funding in actualising renewable energy in the country.