The Nigerian government is ready to sign an agreement with the Russian Federation to commence the building of the nation’s first nuclear power plant. This is part of the efforts to boost electricity generation capacity in the West-African country.
Yesterday in Abuja, the minister of Science and Technology, Prof Ita Oko-Bassey Ewa, received a 7-man delegation from the Russian Federation in preparation of the signing of a draft project implementation agreement between the two nations for the proposed nuclear power plant.
Ewa said the proposed power plant was a major component of the agreement between the two countries in 2009, “a draft project implementation agreement has been prepared and ready for signing,” he said. Adding that “follow up meetings are now being initiated to discuss modalities for its implementation.”
According to him, Nigeria was in dire need of diversifying its energy generation base as part of the overall goal of making the nation’s energy sufficient, adding that “government activated the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, NAEC, as the pivotal promotional agency to achieve the objective.
The Director-General of the Russian State Corporation, RUSATOM, and leader of the delegation, Mr Nikolay Spassy, stressed that nuclear power plants were a safe method of generating electricity, assuring that the Russian Federation had an enviable record in the building of such plants.