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FG interested in nuclear technology for health, energy purposes - Onu

FG interested in nuclear technology for health, energy purposes - Onu

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has said that the Feder­al Government is interested in us­ing nuclear technology to develop human health, food security, man­ufacturing, mining, the environ­ment and also for analytical work.
Onu who stated this when he received the Country Programme Officer for the International Atom­ic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mr. Mulugeta Amha in Abuja said gov­ernment is determined to leverage on its relationship with the global body to develop its nuclear sector.
He said: “Nigeria wants to move away from a resource base to in­formation and innovation based economy; we want to make sure we develop competence in all ar­eas of technology. We believe that this is one of the areas we need to build our economy and develop human capital.
“The human capital will be needed in the area of research, utilising atomic energy and in en­ergy itself to generate electricity.
“We want to have a mix of sources of energy so that when one source fails, we can make up from another source. We are also interested in using atomic energy in human health, food security, manufacturing, mining, the envi­ronment also for analytical work,” the minister added.
Onu expressed the readiness of the government to work with IAEA to upgrade facilities at Sheda Science and Technology Complex (SHESTCO) to enable the institute get rid of tse-tse flies affecting an­imals and humans.
Earlier, Amha sought partner­ship with the Nigerian government to develop the atomic energy sec­tor of the country.
He said that the IAEA was run­ning technical cooperation pro­grammes that cut across sever­al areas of national importance, stressing that the agency under­stood the challenges of the coun­try in developing the energy sector and was ready to assist.
According to him, the IAEA has “worked with Nigerian Atomic En­ergy Commission as the liaison of­fice, which is the focal point for the agency’s collaboration and we will continue to collaborate for future development.
“Nigerian programme is not centred on the Federal Capital alone, it is scattered across the country, it is in the mining sector, environment, agriculture, in water and in geology.
“The Gamma irradiation facili­ty based in Sheda and the Research Institute, Kaduna are also impor­tant elements for Technical Cor­poration.
“We value the collaboration with Nigeria and look forward to enhancing it; we understand the aspirations of Nigeria to address energy issue.
“It is important and this is based on meticulous energy planning, building the capacity of things that leverage technology trans­port,” he said.
He said that it was important the country addressed issues that lim­it atomic energy development in the country.
Amha, however, added that the agency regarded Nigeria’s position as important globally in the area of energy, science, and technolo­gy advancement and was ready to help the industry grow.

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