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‘Nigeria committed to peaceful application of nuclear energy’

By Kanayo Umeh and Sodiq Omolaoye, Abuja
12 December 2018   |   3:48 am
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha has restated Nigeria’s commitment to peaceful use of nuclear energy for the benefit of all Nigerians.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha has restated Nigeria’s commitment to peaceful use of nuclear energy for the benefit of all Nigerians.

Mustapha spoke at the ninth technical meeting organised to celebrate the successful conversion of Nigeria Research Rector-1 (NIRR-1) from the use of High Enriched Uranium (HEU) to Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) fuel in Abuja.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) explained that the HEU constitutes a security risk, as terrorists could use it to create nuclear device for malicious use.

To eliminate such risk and prevent civilians from using HEU, activities have been organised at national and international levels since 1978 to ensue research reactors’ use LEU fuel instead of HEU fuel.

Nigeria is one of the nine countries housing Chinese designed Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR) domiciled at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

In January 2016, Nigeria formally requested the assistance of IAEA to assist in the conversion of its NIRR-1 from HEU to LEU, while China had successfully converted four followed by Ghana.

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