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Power outages fuel interest in nuclear option

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By Abdulwasiu Usman

Nigeria’s interest in nuclear option increases due to power outages.

Prof. S.A. Jonah, Director of Centre for Energy Research and Training (CERT), Ahmadu Bello University, said deficiency in generation caused by power outages in Nigeria has boosted interest in the nuclear option in the country’s drive to diversify its power-generating alternatives. He mentioned this at the opening ceremony of a five-day IAEA-AFRA regional course on the demonstration of conditioning operation and storage of Disused Sealed Radioactive Sources (DSRS) for managers, scientists and technicians of nuclear wastes at the research centre.

The course is designed to provide local experts and facility operators with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the handling and conditioning operation under the supervision of IAEA specialists. The goal of this presentation is to provide participants both theoretical background knowledge and hands-on experience in characterizing, conditioning, and repackaging DSRSs. Prof. Jonah noted that the usage of sealed radioactive sources in Nigeria has increased drastically in the economy’s health, industrial, and petroleum sectors.

Nuclear power is poised as the only stable energy base.

He further explained that globally, the interest in nuclear power was also rising to meet the demand for electricity while reducing carbon dioxide emissions. With the recent discovery of a significant quantity of uranium in seawater and the development of fusion reactor technology, nuclear power may be our only option for a stable, long-term source of base load energy in the future. Thus, the professor emphasized that there will be a continuous endeavour to provide Nigerians with the best possible service, as defined in the country’s statute, as Nigeria continues to strive toward peaceful applications of nuclear energy with the successful hosting of this training course at CERT.

As a professor of nuclear and reactor physicists, Jonah argues that the sustainable and socio-economic development of the African sub-region hinges on the professional management of nuclear and radiological materials. He noted that the training workshop would mark the beginning of more IAEA events to be held at CERT, explaining that it had been scheduled to take place much earlier but had been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances, most notably the COVID-19 outbreak that ravaged the world.

The conditioning method mitigates the menace of exposing DSRS.

While welcoming the IAEA team of experts led by Miss Vivian Pereira Campos and participants from AFRA countries Ghana, Ethiopia, and Nigeria, Prof. Jonah said that Nigeria was the most prepared of all the countries to host training courses on the demonstration of conditioning operations under Project RAF9062. In addition, he clarified that numerous used radioactive sources were now being held in the waste management facility at CERT, having been produced as a byproduct of many procedures using radioactive sources.

Prof. Yusuf A. Ahmed, Chairman and CEO of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) commended the IAEA’s cooperation with member states through regional and international programmes for managing and conditioning DSRS. According to him, the conditioning method reduced the danger of exposing people and the environment to DSRS. Prof. Ahmed, who was represented by Prof. A.A. Mati of the Centre for Energy Research and Training, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, said Nigeria’s long-term commitment to the peaceful, safe, and secure use of nuclear technology was based on a sustainable organizational, regulatory, social, technological, and economic infrastructure development.

IAEA and ABU collaborated to participate in the IRL project.

Prof. Kabiru Bala, Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, said the university would continue to support CERT as a centre of excellence in fostering nuclear science and technology education and training in the country. Prof. Bala commended IAEA for supporting training and research facilities in CERT and Nigeria for over three decades. He added that the IAEA and ABU inked an agreement to participate in the Internet Laboratory Project (IRL) last month. This intended to improve the teaching and practical applications of nuclear reactor physics at Ahmadu Bello University and other Nigerian institutions, which were restricted to theoretical notions.


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Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

The major problem of the power sector in Nigeria is corruption and this has really eating deeply on the life of the people in the sector.The nuclear option can not be materialize unless the corruption is reduce or totally eradicate.

jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

if nuclear power is the most safest and viable option we better go for it for our energy supply to be constant no this epileptic supply we are witnessing now.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

Our power sector is not standard if this can a very good option for us is better we go for it to help improve our power which will be stable not unstable one we are using

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

Power outages in Nigeria have increased interest in the nuclear option as the country seeks to diversify its power-generating possibilities.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

Under the guidance of IAEA experts, this training will equip local experts and facility operators with the skills they need to carry out the handling and conditioning operation.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

we need it for better power supply in Nigeria. if the government is ready to do it. but will corruption allowed them

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

The attendees in this presentation will gain both theoretical background knowledge and practical experience in the process of describing, conditioning, and repackaging DSRSs, which is the program’s primary objective.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

The health industry, the industrial sector, and the petroleum industry in Nigeria have all seen significant increases in their utilization of sealed radioactive sources.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

The goal of this presentation is to provide participants both theoretical background knowledge and hands-on experience in characterizing, conditioning, and repackaging DSRSs.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

In order to meet the growing need for electricity while simultaneously lowering carbon dioxide emissions, there has been a global uptick in interest in nuclear power.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

If nuclear power is the most safest and viable alternative to get for our constant supply of power and energy, I’d be glad we go for it.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

In Nigeria, a lack of generation due to power outages has increased interest in nuclear power as the country seeks to diversify its power-production options.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

As Nigeria looks to diversify its power-production choices, a lack of generation due to power outages has spurred interest in nuclear power.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

The training workshop would mark the start of future IAEA events at CERT. It had been scheduled earlier but was delayed owing to unanticipated circumstances, namely the COVID-19 outbreak.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

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Last edited 1 year ago by Christiana
Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

With the recent discovery of a significant quantity of uranium in seawater and the development of fusion reactor technology, nuclear power may be our only option for a stable, long-term source of base load energy in the future.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

The problem we are having with whatever is being used to generate electricity is maintenance. If we can’t maintain power generating non-hazardous machines our can use and maintain Nuclear energy without destroying our environment.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

It will be very good if our government can explore Nuclear option to generate electricity but we have a challenge, since Nigeria government lacks maintenance skill it will be too injurious to our health and environment. Training people is not just enough but working on our weakness to achieve the best if implemented.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

I see nothing wrong if we can explore nuclear options as a result of power outage. We should be able to generate power with it.