Nuclear technology has "a vital role" in Nigeria

IAEA fact-finding mission assesses Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

Nuclear technology has "a vital role" to play in meeting the immediate needs of people in Nigeria, according to the country's deputy representative to the United Nations.

Ambassador Bukun-Olu Onemola spoke in the General Assembly on Wednesday as it continued to discuss a report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

He said the accident that happened at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan early this year, has generated global debate about the rationality of nuclear power.

Ambassador Onemola said nuclear power is key to Nigeria's future.

"In spite of the apprehensions raised following the Fukushima accident, Nigeria remains convinced that nuclear technology, if safely and responsibly applied, could facilitate the attainment of our development goals and those of other MDGs and therefore has a vital role to play in servicing immediate human needs. Introduction of nuclear electricity in our national energy mix is high on the government's transformational agenda."

Duration: 22"

The MDGs are a set of anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals set by world leaders in 2000 to be achieved by 2015.

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