The Federal Government on Wednesday said plans are on to tackle the shortage of electricity in the country by generating 4,000 megawatts of electricity using nuclear energy.
By the programme, Nigerian will achieve 1,000MW in the first instance, but it will be increased to 4,000MW thereafter.
According to a statement on Wednesday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, this was disclosed during a meeting President Muhammadu Buhari had with the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mr. Yukiya Amano, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Shehu said the ministers who spoke at the meeting gave updates on the country’s presentation for the utilisation of nuclear energy.
The SSA said in the statement that “The ministers of Power, Solid Minerals, Health, Science and Technology, who briefed the meeting, said preparatory steps taken so far included the training of doctors and other medical specialists to prepare for unforeseen circumstances, the establishment of specialist medical centres and the procurement of necessary equipment aimed at protecting the health of the citizens.
“Nigeria, said the ministers, is aspiring to start a programme in the coming years that will give this country 1,000MW of electricity in the first instance, to be increased to 4,000MW thereafter.”
Meanwhile, gains recorded on Tuesday in power generation, were lost on Wednesday, as power generation fell by 759.1 megawatts in the 24 hours, due to losses recorded by Egbin, Afam VI and other generation plants.
Power generation had on Tuesday risen to 4,368.5MW from 3,548.7MW on Monday but it dropped to 3,629.4MW on Wednesday, according to industry data.
Egbin dropped from 1,085 to 912MW on Wednesday, due to gas constraints while Shell’s Afam VI power plant in Rivers State, which generated 524MW on Tuesday, saw the level falling to zero on Wednesday, as its four units were said to be out due to defective gas compressors.
Also, the Sapele power plant did not generate electricity on Wednesday, compared to the 40MW it produced the previous day.
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