NIGERIA NEEDS NUCLEAR ENERGY IN ITS ENERGY MIX - FASHOLA



NIGERIA NEEDS NUCLEAR ENERGY IN ITS ENERGY MIX - FASHOLA

 

 The Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mr. Yukiya Amano paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola on 15th of March 2016. The visit which was about nuclear energy had in attendance, the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA), Prof. Lawrence Dim and his team who accompanied the DG of IAEA.

The DG IAEA said the objective of the Agency is “atom for peace and development”. He stressed that the choice to include nuclear power in a country’s energy mix is the prerogative of Governments but that once such decision is made; it is the duty of IAEA to ensure that the nuclear power is used safely, securely and sustainably. He urged Nigeria to see setting up of nuclear power plant as an effective means for sustainable development of the power industry. He thereafter mentioned that the visit though short will further strengthen the cooperation between Nigeria and the IAEA.

Mr. Fashola commended the Director Generals and Commissioners in the Nuclear Regulatory Authority and Atomic Energy Commission for a work well done. He affirmed that Nigeria pursues Nuclear Energy in its energy mix and stressed that nuclear energy will lead to sustainable development. He however emphasized the need for publicity as Nigerians need to have knowledge and assurances about the capacity that has been developed in Nigeria’s nuclear industry; stating that focus should be on information sharing as people are scared of things they don’t understand.

The Minister noted that Nigeria is making progress with the plan to develop her own nuclear energy and that his Ministry will give the support needed to that effect. He further assures Nigerians that nuclear energy is safe when handled by professionals and must be used for development and peaceful purposes to help accelerate the global community towards the achievement of the sustainable development goals.

 

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