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FG Considers Multiple Sources Of Energy For Stable Power Supply

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The Federal Government is currently considering what it called a mix of energy sources in order to ensure stable power supply for Nigerians.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this on Monday while receiving a delegation of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission led by the Director-General, Dr. Erepamo Osaisai.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, quoted Osinbajo as saying that besides working to improve power generation from the national grid, alternative sources of energy especially renewable energy are being actively pursued by the Federal Government.

He said nuclear energy might also be in the mix.

“The long and short of it is that we definitely need a mix of energy choices because in the next decade such a mix will be imperative,” the Vice President said.

He said in addition to the existing mix of hydro and thermal sources of power generation, the Federal Government was also working on the possibility of utilising other energy sources including the solar option.

Earlier at the meeting, the Director, Nuclear Power at the International Atomic Energy Agency, Dr. Dohee Hann, informed the Vice President that Nigeria as Africa’s leading economy needs to consider nuclear energy for electricity in order to address the power deficit.

Also, Osaisai disclosed that the presentation of the report to the Vice President was an important stage in the process, emphasising that the report had articulated how the nation could meet the infrastructural need for nuclear power programme for the country.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government is moving urgently to bring succour to the people of the North-East whose lives had been affected by the insurgency in that part of the country.

Osinbajo spoke while receiving the new World Bank Country Director to Nigeria, Mr. Rachid Benmessaoud.

“There is the need for immediate action within a short time. We need to deal with the planning and implementation of the projects that will bring succor to the people of the North-East,” he said.

The World Bank is providing assistance to the Federal Government for the North-East and the new Country Director pledged the bank’s continued support for the government, while also expressing the hope to work with the new Federal Executive Council in other areas including economic diversification.

General T. Y. Danjuma, the Chairman of the Presidential Committee in the North-East initiative, PCNI, attended the meeting alongside the Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and the Budget and Planning Minister, Mr. Udoma Udo Udoma.


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