The Director General, Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC), Dr. Franklin Erepamo Osaisai, yesterday said a Project Development Agreement (PDA) is being signed by Nigeria and Russia to identify their roles in building the proposed nuclear power plants in the country, Daily Trust reports.
Osaisai who spoke at the sidelines of a meeting of the Joint Coordination Committee for the implementation of the Nigeria-Russia agreement on peaceful application of nuclear energy in Abuja, said creating the PDA was the next step after Nigeria picked Itu in Akwa Ibom State, and Geregu in Kogi State as sites for the proposed nuclear power plants. He said other steps being taken after identifying the sites included the financial side, and the technology elements.
Speaking for the Russian delegation, Dr. Kirill Komarov, said his country was expanding scholarship access to Nigeria’s young people to improve their knowledge about the use of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. Komarov commended Nigeria and the agency for what he described as huge work done so far in preparation for the construction of the Nuclear Power Project (NPP).