Nigeria is following the right measures in its drive to acquire nuclear power, Rosatom, the Russian nuclear energy corporation renowned for the construction of nuclear power plants, has said.

According to the firm, the development of Nigeria’s nuclear energy programme, which commenced about 10 years ago, has shown that the Federal Government is committed to generating electricity from nuclear sources.

Rosatom’s Chief Executive Officer, Central and Southern Africa, Dmitry Shornikov, who disclosed this in an email said the Russian corporation was aware that Nigeria had been working with the International Atomic Energy Agency as regards nuclear energy development.

He said, “Nigeria is most certainly following all the correct steps to be ready for nuclear power. The Nigerian government has shown firm commitment to introduce nuclear power into its energy mix. We are aware; and we commend Nigeria for its current work with the IAEA using its Key Milestone Approach.”

On the state of nuclear agreement between Nigeria and Rosatom, Shornikov stated that his firm had been working with the country for about five years. Shornikov added that in 2015, the IAEA conducted two missions to Nigeria in support of its nuclear programme. He noted that the missions found that Nigeria’s emergency preparedness and response framework was in line with international agency’s safety standards.

Source: The Punch