September 14, 2011
NIGERIA is not looking back in its quest to generate electricity using nuclear technology. To achieve this, it is stepping up its negotiation with Russia for the construction of Nigeria’s nuclear power plant.
Following a visit by a team from Russia last July, both countries are finalising paper works on the project. A final agreement is expected to be signed before the end of the year.
Minister of Science and Technology, Itta Ewa, who spoke on President Goodluck Jonathan’s 100 days in office in Abuja, also disclosed that the draft science, technology and innovation policy approval by the National Council for Science and Technology last May had been re-submitted to the Federal Executive Council for approval.
He said of the nuclear power deal: “In recognition of the dire need to improve the national electricity supply situation, the government looked beyond the traditional sources of electricity generation to include nuclear energy in the generation base.
In order to fast-track the development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes for the country, therefore, the government through the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology hosted a seven-man delegation from the Russian State Corporation where views were exchanged between Nigeria and the Russian Federation on Nuclear Energy Development Agreement.
“Follow-up meetings are now being initiated to discuss the modalities for its implementation. A major component of the agreement is the design and implementation of the nuclear power plant.”