The engineering team at the Centre for Sustainable Energy of the Kwara State University, KWASU, has converted a petrol engine vehicle to one powered by electricity.
This was disclosed by the acting Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Shaykh-Luqman Jimoh, while addressing journalists at the main campus of the institution in Malete, Moro Local Government Area of the state, on Tuesday during the combined 10th and 11th convocation ceremony for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic sessions.
He said that the achievement came on the heels of the removal of the petrol subsidy and the resultant PMS price increase.
“With this success, the institution has been placed in the lead of rethinking her environmental culture and developing new paradigms for solving problems and ensuring global environmental sustainability.
“We consider it a major achievement, not just for our Green Initiative but for our determination to add value to the state’s economy and her populace.
“This initiative ensures higher efficiency in powering automobiles, helps our environment to be less polluted and has attracted partnerships with the Kwara State Government and private institutions,” he said.
Prof. Jimoh, who said that three vehicles, namely a Sedan, Hilux, and 22-seater Coaster bus, had been converted to electricity-powered vehicles, added that investors had started to show interest in the product.
He called on the state government and individuals with scrap vehicles to bring them for conversion at moderate charges.
The KWASU vice chancellor also said that the institution has commissioned a plastic recycling plant of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, adding that with the initiative, “tons of plastic waste that would have polluted our environment are currently being converted to pavement stones.”