Energy mix: Nigeria eyes atomic energy

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BY CHRIS OCHAYI
ABUJA: The Federal Government yesterday said it will in no distant future look into the direction of developing nuclear energy in order to boost her quest for a robust energy mix.

The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo disclosed this while receiving the visiting delegation of the International Atomic Energy Council, IAEC, led by its Deputy Director-General, Mr. Kwanu Aning, in Abuja.

Nebo said it is no longer acceptable for the nation to put all its eggs in one basket, insisting that Nigeria will need to correct and avoid in the future hiccups, occasioned by lack of gas to power plants.

According to him, “we need coal, biomass, small hydros, solar even nuclear, if it is designed it is the best as it remained the cleanest and safest form of energy.”

He said as the nation aspires to be the hub of technological know-how on the continent, acquisition of nuclear technology will make our people to mentor other African countries.

The minister assured the visiting IAEC delegation, that Nigeria will welcome nuclear initiative because of its immense contribution in the treatment of some delicate anti human substances, which has been tackled with nuclear medicine.

He said whatever Nigeria needs to do in terms of acquisition of nuclear energy it would be guided by the best international practice, as we are aware that nuclear energy deployment must be done in line with strict rules of engagement.

Earlier, the leader of the IAEC, Mr. Kwanu Aning while briefing the Minister said that the regulatory role of the body is to ensure that countries who are deploying nuclear energy have the right technical staff, safety of environment because nuclear power is a complex energy source.

Energy is life, we support countries’ energy efficiency programmes, we exchange idea in order to strengthen our regulatory role. The Minister of State, Mohammed Wakil was also in attendance to receive the delegation.

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