Nigerian universities should be able to provide viable solutions to the nation's lingering power problems says a professor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Claudius Awosope.

Awosope who lectures at the Covenant University, Ota, made the assertion while delivering a public lecture titled: "Nigeria Electricity Industry: Issues, Challenges and Solutions",Vanguard

Nothing the importance of power, he said universities are in a good position to provide a way out.

"Electricity supply is a very sensitive issue with several political and economic sophistications in many countries," the Professor said.

"Since virtually all universities and polytechnics in Nigeria are currently running accredited electrical engineering programmes; there is no reason these institutions cannot be asked to find solutions to these electricity problems."

The don also said the major problem of the country's power sector is the poor maintenance of existing facilities.

"The magnitude of electricity Nigeria needs can only be achieved when the stakeholders in the electricity industry in Nigeria take into account the importance of good maintenance."

Awosope therefore called on tertiary institutions and relevant agencies to take the challenge, while urging an improved maintenance culture.