Saturday, July 30, 2011

Nigeria to build nuclear power plant

The Russian Federation is to sign an agreement with the FG that will see Nigeria own its first Nuclear power plant
In a move to stabilise Nigeria’s power generation capacity, the Federal Government is set to sign a contract with the Russian Federation.

Minister of Science and Technology, Ita Oko-Bassey Ewa, yesterday in Abuja, received a 7-man delegation from the Russian Federation, concerning the contract’s signing, which will see to the building of Nigeria’s first nuclear power plant.

According to Ita, the power plant was first proposed in 2009 between the two countries; and that he disliked the fact that an agreement had not yet been reached since then.

He, however, assured that “follow up meetings are now being initiated to discuss modalities for its implementation.”

”A draft project implementation agreement has been prepared and ready for signing,” he added.

Ita said that Nigerian needed to diversify its source of electricity and that the FG had set up the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, NAEC, as a body to help achieve that objective.

Director-General of the Russian State Corporation (RUSATOM), Nikolay Spassy, assured a good job, as he stated that Russian Federation had notable records in the building of nuclear power plants.


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