Electricity supply is soon to get a new source in Nigeria – nuclear power.
Very popular for its destructive capacity, nuclear power is also a very powerful and reliable source of power generation.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu revealed that the Federal Government would embark on building nuclear plants in the country for the purpose of meeting the electricity needs of the country.
The minister made this known in Abuja in an interview with NAN, News Agency of Nigeria. He further stressed that bringing nuclear power on stream in Nigeria, asides increasing power supply, would positively impact agriculture, education, healthcare and manufacturing.
The undertaking would be through a partnership with Rosatom, Russia’s state owned nuclear company. Russia remains a world authority in nuclear research and capacity.
Dr Onu stated that while the Russian nuclear company drafts the agreement on the construction of the plant in the country, the Federal Government would prepare an agreement on the details of the development of the project.
“Nuclear power is considered a prominent alternative and a more environmentally beneficial solution since it emits far less greenhouse gases during electricity generation than coal or other traditional power plants.
“It is a manageable source of generating electricity and has large power-generating capacity that can meet industrial and city needs.
“It is not like the low-power technologies such as solar that might meet only local, residential or office needs but cannot generate power for heavy manufacturing,“ he said.