To boost the power supply at the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Badagry, the Federal Government has approved the installation of two kilowatts of solar electricity.
Mrs. Cecilia Gayya, the college’s Director-General, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Badagry on Tuesday.
Following a request from the college, she said the Ministry of Power had transmitted President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval of the project to the campus.
“The request is for the college to receive two kilowatts of solar alternative power.
“As a result, ministry officials have come here to survey the college and are waiting for funds to be released from this year to begin work,” she explained.
The solar energy would be delivered through the government’s Rural Alternative Electrification Scheme, according to Gayya.
Despite the existence of two generators functioning as an alternative source of electricity, the D-G stated that power shortages had been a severe impediment to the college’s smooth operation.
“Sometimes, we spent every kobo that our clients paid for their program on diesel to run the generators, and it still wouldn’t work,” she explained.
The increase in the price of fuel, according to Gayya, has hampered efforts to improve the college’s electrical supply.
She bemoaned how difficult it had been to administer the college due to a lack of money.
She claimed that when she became the college’s dean, the school didn’t have enough money from the government to meet its needs.
“At the start of my tenure, we were in a situation where the college had to fend for itself via its efforts.
“The college was receiving N3 million monthly for its overhead expenses in 2011 and 2012, but by the time I took over, it was receiving N8 million, so how can you compare it?”
“As a result, my tenure has been hampered by a lack of finances from the government.”
“We only received N11 million from the government 12 times in 2021.”
“In past years, N8 million would come seven times a year, and the other five times, we’d have to figure it out,” she explained.
Gay, on the other hand, expressed her pride in the college’s ability to survive despite a lack of funding and other obstacles.
She stated that ASCON remained the country’s premier management development institute and that the management was committed to improving it.