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Nuclear power : IAEA okays Nigeria’s ambition

By Oscarline Onwuemenyi

ABUJA—The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said yesterday that it is fully in support of the country’s ambitions to build a nuclear power plant to meet its growing energy needs.

The position of the agency was conveyed by the representative of the Director-General of IAEA, Dr. Vincent Nkong-Njock, who spoke at the presentation of the Strategic Plan for the Implementation of the National Nuclear Power Programme, in Abuja .

According to him, the implementation of a complex programme such as a nuclear power project, over a long time scale, and requiring investment of huge national resources in time, finance and human resources, is a major national undertaking requiring careful planning and preparation, thus the development of the National Strategic Plan.

Nkong-Njock noted that, “The development of an appropriate infrastructure to sustain the introduction of nuclear power is an issue of primal importance and should be painstakingly developed, exercising the necessary caution.

“This entails the provision of the necessary resources including human, financial and logistic, to create the appropriate technological, economic and social conditions that will adequately support the establishment of sustainable national infrastructure able to absorb a nuclear power plant.”


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