Nigerian Senate to Assist the IAEA Establish Laws Governing Nuclear Energy

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) welcomes senate president’s pledge to support a law enabling Nigeria access to use nuclear energy as a power generation source.

Senate president, Bukola Saraki made the announcement while Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ambassador Yukiya Amano, was on a courtesy visit to the senate president in Abuja.

He said: “The message here is that we need to work together in providing a robust, comprehensive law that will allow us to take advantage of nuclear energy for the purpose of development and peace in this country.

“It is clear particularly in the area of power generation and in order to ensure the development of our country, we must move away from the low level of generation that exists.”

Rightful member of the IAEA

He continued: “We believe that as the largest economy in Africa, and a country with a population of 160 million, with a thriving democratic government, I think we have earned our seat in a place where we too should play our own role to be a very strong member of the IAEA.”

Saraki added that the senate is prepared to assist the IAEA by organising a meeting with stakeholders to draft a law that will put the agency, its users and investors at ease.

“I want to assure you that we are ready to work to pass a law that will meet global best practices and that will give confidence to the agency and everybody,” he said.

IAEA: Considers nuclear safety

According to the media, Amano explained the IAEA’s objective as to ensure that nuclear energy is used for peaceful and developmental purposes in a safe, secure and sustainable manner.

“The best way to ensure the safety of nuclear energy is to enact a robust and comprehensive law. It is only lawmakers that can enact a comprehensive law to protect human health and environment and to ensure that there is nuclear safety,” Amano stressed.

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