17 March 2016, Abuja—President Muhammadu Buhari has appreciated the support of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, for Nigeria’s quest to generate 4,000 megawatts of electricity using nuclear energy.
This came as Ministers of Power, Solid Minerals, Health, Science and Technology told President Buhari that Nigeria would soon start a program that will help the country realize the objective.
According to them, it will commerce with 1000MW of electricity in the first instance and increased later to 4,000 megawatts.
The ministers told the President that preparatory steps had been taken to train doctors and other medical specialists to prepare for unforeseen circumstances, establish specialist medical centres and procure necessary equipment aimed at protecting the health of the citizens.
Speaking while receiving Mr. Yukiya Amano, the Director-General of the IAEA at the presidential villa yesterday, President Buhari said he was happy that the organization was developing a programme from which Nigeria would benefit.
President Buhari charged the IAEA to do more to support Nigeria, in view of the long years of its association and support for the nuclear regulatory agency. The meeting which had the ministers also attracted the presence of the Vice President, Yemi Osinabjo.
Addressing the President, Mr. Amano said he was pleased to see that Nigeria was taking the correct steps toward a safe usage of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.