With the ongoing reforms in the power sector, the Director-General of the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NNRA) Dr. Martin Ogharanduku has said the federal government may soon consider exploring a nuclear power generation strategy as part of its alternative energy policy.
While addressing newsmen at a press conference in Abuja early this week, Ogharanduku stated that exploring the alternative will further increase the nation’s electricity generation output as well as boost nuclear energy technology in various fields of endeavour.
He said: “The world has about 60 years of the operation of nuclear power plants and in this time, we have seen many countries with good safety records, and in Nigeria, the decision to introduce nuclear energy is usually made at a political level.”
In the same vein, the past Chief Executive Officer of Afam I Power Station, Engr. Mike Nwogu noted that nuclear radiators have been used in power production to complement other sources of electricity.
On capacity building, Ogharanduku also noted that Nigeria has the capacity and regulatory framework for the exploration of nuclear power activities saying, the agency has been in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with a Technical Cooperation Project on developing capabilities for regulatory oversight of Nuclear Power Projects (NPPs).
It would be recalled that a recent stakeholders’ technical meeting in the energy and gas sector was held earlier this year to address the challenges posed by increased use of nuclear materials.
At the meeting, he called for appropriate action by all operators to ensure the safety and security of radioactive sources through strict adherence to regulatory requirements.
Information from Daily Trust was used in this report.