Abuja, Nigeria — 12 March 2012 – Nigeria is not investing in nuclear power as an alternative source of energy because of the shortage of specialised manpower in the country.
Minister of state for power Darius Ishaku revealed this here while playing host to the Ukraine ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary, Valery Vasyliev, who is leading a trade delegation to the ministry.
Citing “The Daily Trust,” allAfrica.com reports that the minister said Nigeria was reluctant to invest in a nuclear power station because the country did not have sufficient manpower capability to handle it. It added that Nigeria also needed to seek advice from the World Atomic Energy Commission after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan last year, before tackling such a project.
Ishaku did say, however, that the government was interested in the upgrading of the transmission lines in the country to super-grid (750mMW) status to enable it to transmit the planned 10,000MW of additional power it would be introducing in the near future.
Ambassador Vasyliev said Ukraine was interested in energy progress in Nigeria and was ready to collaborate and partner with the country in any power project.
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