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Nigeria is Ready for Nuclear Energy – Fashola

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FASHOLAThe Federal Government says Nigeria is ready to commence the production of nuclear energy.

The Minster of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, made this known at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja.

Fashola said Nigeria had secured the necessary certification from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He said:

This thing has protocols and standards; we are already in it; we are not venturing into it; we started a nuclear programme 17 years ago.

We have gone through the training level; we have produced 25 graduates of masters level under certification by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

We have found the sites; the sites have been approved, two sites have been approved by International Atomic Energy Agency.

We have started the design for the financing; that is the stage we are now; once we conclude that, we move to the design for the construction.

If all things go well, by quarter four of next year – that is the schedule that I met – we should have started construction.

The minister said it was important for Nigeria to focus on the gains and safety of nuclear energy as obtained in other developed countries.

He said that since the whole world was moving toward a cleaner fuel and the use of more sustainable form of energy, Nigeria could not be an exception.

He, however, said that the developed countries could only share the technology with countries ready keep to the standards in the utilisation of the technology.

Fashola further said that diversifying the nation’s energy mix would lead to the utilisation of the various forms of renewable energy sources in the country.

This, according to him, will ultimately make electricity cheap in the country.

“What we are thinking about is long-term solution. We need a solution that will endure for generations to come. When you design a power solution, design it so that the next coming generations can use it,” he said.

He said the ministry and other agencies under his supervision were working hard to ensure that Nigeria obtained the best in the electricity industry through strict regulatory responsibilities.

On the monthly meeting with stakeholders in the industry, Fashola said it was designed to evolve better ways of managing the industry, adding that it was yielding the desired results.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

28 Comments

  1. Tadere

    May 19, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Country Nigeria not ready for nuclear energy, so far so good, how far have we gone with managing environmental pollution / crisis / issues. for instance lead poison, oil spillage among others. I beg do the check-and-balancing very very very well before implementing.

    • Gyasisirimou

      May 19, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      Fashola is just doing April fool because you n I know they r not embarking on this project and if they do they r not going to finish it before they leave office because you know why they know we can’t manage nuclear reactor and the next government will call it a lofty project the. Abandone it. The end of Nigeria nuclear energy project. So people fear not I read ur comments so I wrote this to console all of u cos we know how Nigeria works.

  2. Tadere

    May 19, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    We can try solar, hydro, at least we have done in abundance.

  3. Alexandra Onwualu

    May 19, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Daddy Fashola, Please calm dan . Nigeria has not been able to manage the oil spillage in the Niger Delta is it now radioactive waste we would mangage. Oga pls remember Chernobyl oh……

  4. Mr. Egghead

    May 19, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Nuclear Energy ke?
    Abort! Abort!! Abort!!!

    We have so many gas turbines that have been mismanaged and abandoned. Jebba Hydro has been long overdue for an upgrade.
    Imagine our poor maintenance culture seeps into our nuclear reactors. We will have a disaster that makes Fukushima look like the untidy room of a 6yr old.

    • Chi

      May 19, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      ???

  5. Prince

    May 19, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Light has gone from bad to worse. I pray this works cos this is no joke at all.

  6. chibu

    May 19, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    lolllllllllll. please calm down oh. crawl before you walk oh. oga fashola

  7. Bola

    May 19, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Please sir, Nigeria is not ready at all. Like Alexandra said, we are barely able to manage oil spillage issues and now we’re talking about nuclear energy?
    Nigeria, at present, can NOT handle a Nuclear disaster. Let’s not make Chernobyl look like child’s play.
    There are other renewable energy sources that can be explored.

  8. keeks

    May 19, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Nuclear gini? baba Raj calm 10 paces down nah!! how? after a year or 6 months bcos of bad management and corruption one Nigerian will now blow up this country. not only Nuclear.
    have we finished stabilizing electricity? or our roads? lets not get started on our educational system. who do you want to bring to run the Nuclear Sector? expatriates? or half baked Nigerians whose lecturers are still using 1979 and year 2000 educational curriculum? please oga sir. we have plenty pending issues to even day dream about Nuclear power

  9. Lord deliver us

    May 19, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Nuclear energy, when we have not been able to generate enough electricity, this man should not annoy us. what is this now. Ah Ah. Kilode the one they gave you to do, you have not done.

  10. Tunmi

    May 19, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Alright, let’s do it. It sounds like they have done their homework

    • Tony E

      May 19, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Finally, an optimist.

    • Iris

      May 20, 2016 at 3:11 am

      I want to hear more about maintenance. Every time we will build and commission. Maintain now, wahala. Nuclear power is not beans. If there is no track record for handling something small, how will we handle something big?

  11. Toyosi

    May 19, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    The word maintenance is alien to Nigeria, especially in governance. The FG has uncompleted structures, great policies sitting on dusty shelves and not implemented or not even discussed by parliament since the 80s.
    Ordinary Kanji Dam Hydro Electric power plant or The Thermal station at Egbin haven’t been maintained properly or given necessary upgrades, and now Mr. Fashola believes nuclear is the way forward. Have we ever really looked at ourselves as a nation in mirror and just be honest with ourselves?
    Mscheew!!!

  12. youknow

    May 19, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    The expression on his face is exactly how I feel about his statement.

    • ElessarisElendil

      May 19, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Finally, somebody that gets it. Fashola as the consummate nice guy is giving us opportunity for banter in this harsh climate.

      Fashola believing the west will allow Nigeria to have access to anything nuclear☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️

      The banter when “degraded” Boko Haram blow up a reactor☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️

      When militants confuse pipes and blow up one containing nuclear waste☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️

      When a reactor isn’t cooled because the staff in charge was watching youtube videos☺️☺️☺️☺️

      When the person to run the reactors is chosen not based on qualifications but “Federal Character”☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️

      When the National Association of Nuclear Maintenance Workers gives the nation a 48 hour ultimatum or they go on strike????????

      Serious note though, nuclear in Nigeria, at present bad idea, too many people love blowing things up.

  13. Art

    May 19, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Go and sleep Mr minister if you do not have meaningful work to do, you have not finished making use of the sun, gas, water and wind now it is nuclear energy. Just the other day I heard a report that Germany were offering money to their citizens to consume power generated by windmills. Except you want to explore the technology for another cause besides electricity like Iran.

  14. Patrick

    May 19, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Is Fashola living in Nigeria?? Unreal!!

  15. Art

    May 19, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    “Germany Was”

  16. swagg1

    May 19, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    If you guys cant handle a simple grid electricity, how then can you handle a complex nuclear electric???.

  17. Nuna

    May 19, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Clearly this man’a head is in the clouds. I can’t believe I thought he knew what he was doing. So disappointed

  18. nene

    May 19, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    please i and millions of nigerians are not ready to die yet! we dont need nuclear energy.

  19. mabel

    May 19, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    This Fashola is just a disappointment. It’s as if he’s being controlled with a remote. Anything they ask him to say, he says. Nuclear? Nigeria? How? I’m just annoyed.. oversabi that will not do the one that he’s been given.

  20. Honeycrown

    May 20, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Nuclear gini? Is it safe and secure? In case of a disaster, what will Nigerians do? Ordinary preventive care, people have to travel abroad for healthcare talkless of containing a nuclear disaster. I don’t like conspiracy theories but I hope say this man was not paid to allow Nigeria to be used as a nuclear research field o.

  21. peeved

    May 20, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    statements like this really piss me off though. Is this what people want to hear? You haven’t supplied 24 hr power you are here talking about nuclear power. We are not interested sir.

  22. Anu

    May 21, 2016 at 9:30 am

    No sir, we have not cleaned Lagos lagoon we are definitely not ready for nuclear energy.

  23. Ebony

    May 21, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Lol. You people will not kill me with laugh. Have you finished with the small assignment?
    I felt like I was reading a nursery rhyme

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