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What Do you Think About Nigeria’s Nuclear Energy Plans as President Buhari arrives in Washington DC for Nuclear Security Summit

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Buhari Washington DC Summit 1President Muhammadu Buhari left Nigeria last night and has now arrived in Washington, DC to join President Barack Obama and about 60 other world leaders and heads of international organisations at the 4th Nuclear Security Summit.
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The President’s delegation includes Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.) and the Director-General of Nigeria’s Nuclear Regulatory Agency and Prof Lawrence Anikwe Dim.

President Buhari will depart Washington DC for Abuja on Sunday.

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BellaNaijarians, now is the time to speak out. What do you think about Nigeria’s nuclear energy plans? We often lean back and say nothing until issues arise, however, here is the deal.

At plenary sessions of the summit which is dedicated to reinforcing international commitment to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, President Buhari has outlined that he will insist that while Nigeria will continue to sustain that commitment, world powers must respect the right of other countries to the peaceful use of nuclear energy for development purposes.

The President plans to reaffirm Nigeria’s stance that international efforts to ensure greater security of nuclear materials should maintain a balance between nuclear non-proliferation obligations and the indisputable right of Nigeria and other countries to harness nuclear energy and technology for socio-economic development.

Nigeria’s aspiration to begin the generation of electricity with nuclear energy.

While the intention is well and good, there needs to be a national discussion on the direction to take – clean renewable energy options should also be explored before the investments in nuclear energy is made.

18 Comments

  1. Raker

    March 31, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Ordinary hydropower and coal power that was discovered in the 1800, Nigeria can’t maintain it… its nuclear power una won maintain. See their mouths like nuclear power…if nuclear accident happen in Nigeria, nah all of una go suffer am. Cut your coats according to your size

  2. concerned nigerian

    March 31, 2016 at 9:51 am

    That is a big joke. Please let us face some reality we have not grown to that attitude of managing nuclear. The government just wants to further endanger the lives of nigerians. Please first proffer solutions to the current challenges we have with gas and coal fired plants before you think of nuclear. Place some value on the nigerian life and think out workable solutions than creating a hazardous problem that we can’t manage

  3. Sugar

    March 31, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Aboki the traveler!

  4. isaid!!

    March 31, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Nuclear power ? In Nigeria? Why????

  5. isaid!!

    March 31, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Nuclear power? In Nigeria? Why?????

  6. nnenne

    March 31, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Self deceit is a sin.
    Chinua Achebe was right, when he said
    ,” mere anarchy is loose upon our world.”
    Will Nigeria ever wake up from its state of confusion and misplaced priority?

  7. Faruk Dange

    March 31, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I have a certain trust in Buhari, as long he’s involved I believe maintainace and proper care of certain projects won’t be a problem. Just that I have a certain problem with its waste management issues, so my recommendation would be for the government to seek out better alternatives and should only consider such as a last resort.

  8. tunmi

    March 31, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    I say go for it.

    • The Mouth

      April 2, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      Are you not a fool. It is the uneducated like you who bring destruction on yourselves. Go and READ about Nuclear leakages in Powerful Economy’s like Japan and the Death and Damages it has caused. God Forbid Nigeria to build Nuclear Plants!!!

  9. Tobigirl

    March 31, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Maybe they mean Solar Energy???

  10. Tee

    March 31, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    What a waste of time,. what nuclear power? universities don’t even have the necessary equipment for R&D all the funds have been looted and put in privet accounts abroad , when all our people spend so much man hours in ‘religious houses’ looking for miracles . where is the incentive for the budding scientist to experiment and come up with new idea. horse before the cart !

  11. Ilyus

    April 1, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Misleading article bellanaija. First of all, President Buhari didn’t go to US to push for nuclear power in Nigeria. He was invited as an observer to represent Nigeria at the nuclear security summit that was attended by many nations without nuclear plans. It’s ok not to like Buhari but don’t set him up like that.
    And of course, no, Nigeria isn’t ready for nuclear power. We still haven’t completed Kainji dam, we still flare gas offshore, and our electricity grid is a disgrace. We haven’t exhausted our non-nuclear options.
    A nuclear power program would cost billions of dollars in construction, maintenance and protection over decades and STILL be unprofitable. We could instead spend a fraction of that proposed sum on equipping the navy to protect the gas pipelines and investing in modern electricity transmission technology with underground wiring. That way, EVERYBODY can share in that small 6000MW we’re generating until we can add more to it, instead of having some people in the dark and others in the light, with collapsed poles and dangerous cables strewn all over the place and exposed transformers begging to be stolen.

    • BellaNaija.com

      BellaNaija.com

      April 1, 2016 at 7:04 am

      @Ilyus – It is not misleading and as this is exactly what the Presidency indicated the purpose of the US trip is via an official statement from the Presidency.

      “At plenary sessions of the summit which is dedicated to reinforcing international commitment to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, President Buhari will insist that while Nigeria will continue to sustain that commitment, world powers must respect the right of other countries to the peaceful use of nuclear energy for development purposes.
      The President will reaffirm Nigeria’s stance that international efforts to ensure greater security of nuclear materials should maintain a balance between nuclear non-proliferation obligations and the indisputable right of Nigeria and other countries to harness nuclear energy and technology for socio-economic development.”

    • Ilyus

      April 1, 2016 at 8:38 am

      If this is an official presidency statement, ok then. But the statement: “…President Buhari will insist that while Nigeria will continue to sustain that commitment, world powers must respect the right of other countries to the peaceful use of nuclear energy for development purposes…” is a suspicious one. Were we ever denied the right to pursue peaceful nuclear energy? Since when did we become the defender of nuclear rights? Why is Buhari subtly defending Iran – an extremist country thirsty for and eager to use nuclear weapons – that wasn’t even invited to the summit?

  12. kehinde bamishebi Olowonisi

    April 1, 2016 at 9:45 am

    the thermal sector should be explore let the flaring of gas be used for energy for now

  13. Doni J Trump Jr.

    April 3, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Nigerian Christian’s Are The Most Ignorant On Planet. And Some Are Even Celebrating This Evil Agenda By Buhari. If Time Not Taken Nigerian Christian’s Would Be History Before Terrorist Buhari Administration.

  14. Doni J Trump Jr.

    April 3, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Christian’s in Nigeria would soon regret their ignorant to Buhari islamics Agenda.

  15. Doni J Trump Jr.

    April 3, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    But Why Are Nigerian’s Toying With Buhari Islamics Agenda?

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