Posted by Garba Ahmed, Kaduna | 26 April 2016 | 2,574 times
Senator Representing Kaduna Central Shehu Sani has kicked against the Federal Government’s plan to invest in nuclear energy in the country.
He said such project is dangerous for country like Nigeria.
Senator Shehu Sani stated this on Monday in Kaduna shortly after distributing solar power energy and transformers to 100 communities under his constituency.
According to him, the attempt by the Federal Government to invest in nuclear energy is not safe for the country.
The Senator said: “I want to also seize this opportunity to state my clear opposition to the attempt by the Federal Government to invest in nuclear energy. It’s not safe for our country; it comes with a lot of dangers. In this year’s budget there is N2 billion allocated to nuclear energy for the construction of nuclear site, but in my own view are we ready for nuclear power?
“We are not. Nuclear power station is not like what happened in when militants vandalised the pipeline and the next day it is being repaired. If we installed nuclear station we must know that it comes with a lot of consequences. We must be very careful.”
The Senator also flagged off his power project in 100 communities within the seven local government areas of his constituency.
He said: “This is the project that started in the last eight months. The aim is to facilitate in the provision of electricity. Electricity is an indispensable resource. It is an indispensable resource to our socio-economic development of our society.
“It is an indispensable medium for the industrialisation of our country. We cannot build an economically viable nation without being able to provide electricity to our communities. It is unfortunate that after five decades since our independence, Nigeria is still within 2,000-3,000 megawatts.
“A nation like South Africa has generation capacity of over 40,000 megawatts, a country like Pakistan has about 25,000 megawatts.
“We cannot achieve our industrial ambition, economic ambition without power supply. Our people have suffered enough and all hands must be on deck to get this issue of electricity right. I considered it my duty to provide power to my people.
“Nigeria must take the issue of electricity very seriously. As a Senator representing Kaduna Central I consider it my personal responsibility to intervene in giving support for the provision of electricity to my people.
“If we are serious about developing our country, if we are serious about diversifying our economy we must take issue of electricity serious. Without electricity we cannot develop. All industrialised nations address the issue of electricity first and without it we cannot be in the promise land of our dream.”
•Photo shows Senator Shehu Sani.
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