Lagos - The Lagos State Government is exploring nuclear energy as an alternative power generation source to boost its power supply.
Speaking during a business forum at the Lekki Free Trade Zone, Governor Babatunde Fashola, said government was aware of the significance of power supply to economic development in the state and was thus determined to explore all possibilities to addressing the challenge.
He stated that the decision to explore the option of nuclear energy was arrived at during the recent Lagos Economic Summit.
The governor noted that at a State Executive Council Meeting, earlier this week, members of the cabinet spent some time deliberating on the nuclear energy option and how it could be deployed to into use within the next 15 to 24 months.
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“That shows you how we intend to address issues of power in the state. We sat down with one of the foremost practitioners, who is a Nigerian and he took us through all the protocols that is needed for the establishing because in less than three years, especially when we need not do distribution but places like the Lekki Free Zone can have the nuclear power between 15 and 24 months,” Fashola said.
Fashola also disclosed that in pursuance of its commitment to the policy focus on Power, Agriculture, Transportation and Housing (PATH), his administration was exploring the possibility of establishing Nuclear Power in the Lekki Free Zone as an alternative energy source to power manufacturing and other businesses in the zone.
Arguing that without power, the nation is going nowhere, the Governor expressed the hope that the level of government that has primary responsibilities for energy would push to make it possible to move closer to Power actualization.
He added that as a sub-national government, his administration is working on the fulfillment of the commitment it made at the Ehingbeti Summit 2014 about energizing the state.
- CAJ News