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Nigeria to Use Nuclear Power for Electricity

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The Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) and the Centre for Energy Research and Training (CERT) at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria are collaborating to harness nuclear science and technology to enhance electric power generation in Nigeria.

NAEC Chairman Yusuf-Aminu Ahmed made the announcement during the 20th anniversary symposium of Nigeria’s first Nuclear Research Reactor (NNR-1) in Zaria.

Ahmed disclosed that Nigeria is now ready to advance to the next level of power generation through nuclear reactors, building on the experience gained over the years at the centre.

He revealed that President Bola Tinubu has mandated the commission to contribute to Nigeria’s clean energy sphere and nuclear energy program.

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George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, also stated that the safe operation of the nuclear research reactor for 20 years demonstrates Nigeria’s commitment to the safe application of nuclear energy.

According to him, the centre can successfully operate a nuclear reactor for electricity generation, as the process is similar to operating a nuclear research reactor.

The centre’s director, Sunday Jonah, celebrated 20 years of safe operation, maintenance, and utilization of the NNR-1 reactor.

However, he revealed a proposed bill that could lead to NAEC taking control of the centre away from the university, contradicting the founders’ vision.

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