The Chief Executive Officer (Central and Southern Africa) of ROSATOM, a Russian state corporation that specializes in nuclear energy has stated that Nigeria is serious and on course to utilize nuclear energy as a component of its energy mix in the near future.
In an interview with ‘The Nation’, when asked about the level of seriousness Nigeria attached to the issue of producing nuclear energy, he said; “The government is making steady progress on the issue. This is evident by the agreement which the country signed two years ago in relation to this issue. We believe that the Federal Government’s gesture would culminate in signing more agreements in the immediate future; that is, the agreements would lead to siting of nuclear energy plants and production of electricity in Nigeria.”
Africa's only nuclear power station so far, is in South Africa. Egypt is on track to go nuclear next, and Nigeria, through the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, has also signed agreements with ROSATOM to set up four nuclear power plants and a Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology.
Any attempt to deliver on these efforts to produce nuclear energy in Nigeria will require the development of a robust regulatory and operational framework and a focused sensitization programme to ensure that the expansion of nuclear energy is done safely and efficiently.
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