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Fashola ‘Nigeria is ready for nuclear energy,’ Minister says

Fashola made the comment on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at a forum organised by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

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Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola inspects Thermal Power Station in Oji-River, Enugu State on Saturday, March 13, 2016. play

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola inspects Thermal Power Station in Oji-River, Enugu State on Saturday, March 13, 2016.

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Minster of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has said that Nigeria is ready to start producing nuclear energy.

Fashola made the comment on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at a forum organised by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

“This thing has protocols and standards; we are already in it; we are not venturing into it; we started a nuclear programme 17 years ago. We have gone through the training level; we have produced 25 graduates of master’s level under certification by the International Atomic Energy Agency," he said according to Vanguard.

“We have found the sites; the sites have been approved, two sites have been approved by International Atomic Energy Agency. We have started the design for the financing; that is the stage we are now; once we conclude that, we move to the design for the construction.

“If all things go well, by quarter four of next year – that is the schedule that I met – we should have started construction, so that is what I meet,” he added.

Fashola also blamed the electricity problems in the country on the activities of Niger Delta militants.

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