The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has reassured that there is no going back on Nigeria’s quest for 4,800MW from nuclear technology by the year 2035, The Guardian reports.
He said government was working hard to diversify its energy mix beyond the traditional sources of gas, oil and hydro to include nuclear and other renewable sources like solar, biomass and wind. A statement from the Ministry quoted Fashola as saying this when he received the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, in Abuja.
The minister added that Nigeria had developed a comprehensive nuclear law currently awaiting legislative inputs at the National Assembly. Fashola also assured that government would strengthen the capacity of the regulatory regime. He noted that the procurement activities for the first nuclear power plant with generation capacity of 1,200MW of power to the national grid by 2025 would be done as scheduled.