Nigeria will explore mix of energy sources to boost supply – VP


Nigeria’s Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says that the present administration will explore a mix of energy sources to boost energy supply to Nigerians.

A statement on Monday in Abuja by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, said that Osinbajo told a delegation of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission led by its Director-General, Dr. Erepamo Osaisai, that nuclear energy might also be in the mix.

It added that the delegation presented to the vice-president a report on the Implementation of Nuclear Power Programme for Nigeria, conducted in partnership with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

It explained that besides working to improve power generation from the national grid, Osinbajo said that alternative sources of energy, especially renewable energy were being pursued by the federal government.

“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,” he added.

In addition to the existing mix of hydro and thermal sources of power generation, Osinbajo disclosed that the federal government was equally working on the possibility of utilising other energy sources, including the solar option.

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

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