To diversify power generation in the country, the federal government has begun the process to generate electricity from nuclear materials, especially uranium, today reports.
In order to achieve this, experts where invited from the International Atomic Energy Agency to conduct a one-week training for nuclear practitioners as well as security officers in the country on the extraction, exploitation and utilisation of uranium.
The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Kayode Fayemi, speaking at the opening ceremony of the national training course on nuclear security for the uranium extraction industry in Abuja said that it was important for Nigeria to exploit available resources in order to meet its power needs.
The minister was represented by the deputy director in the ministry, Wuyep Karnap, said, “Last week at the National Council on Power conference in Kaduna, the issue of uranium for power generation was actually canvassed as a vital component in the energy mix equation.
In March, the federal government stated that it was working towards generating 4,000 megawatts of electricity from nuclear sources.
It stated that the plan was to start a programme in the coming years that would give the country 1,000MW in the first instance, which would be increased to 4,000MW thereafter.