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Government sets up committee on nuclear electricity generation

14 June 2014, 07:40

Abuja - The National Economic Management Team (EMT) has set up a committee to develop a framework for the proposed use of nuclear energy for electricity generation in the country.

The Director-General, Budget Office, Bright Okogu, said this while addressing State House correspondents on the outcome of the EMT meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He said that the committee, chaired by Okonjo-Iweala, was charged with examining issues such as financing, capacity building, and sensitisation to the use of nuclear energy.

"As you know very well, we use gas and also we depend on hydro-electricity. The purpose of the meeting was to see how we can diversify our electricity generation base; maybe we include nuclear energy down the road.

Okogu said that the Federal Government was already in the process of talking to the international community about the proposed nuclear energy project.

Earlier, Okonjo-Iweala said that the meeting also focused on measures to decongest the country’s sea ports, to reduce the clearing time of goods.

She listed the measures as construction of access roads to the ports, removal of tankers that caused congestion, construction of trailer parks and dredging of other ports nationwide.

"We know there is a lot of congestion because of tankers; so we looked at how we can finish the access roads for easy movement of goods from the ports.

"We also looked at the need for the Harbour and Ports Bill to be treated very quickly and sent to the National Assembly.''

-    NAN

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