Nuclear power will strengthen Nigeria’s economy, energy security – Russian envoy

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Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Nikolay Udovichenko has said that the development of nuclear technologies would strengthen Nigeria’s position as one of the leading economies of the African continent as well as strengthen its energy security, Vanguard reports.

Nigeria and Russia, in 2016, signed an agreement for the construction of a multifunctional nuclear centre in Nigeria. “We are confident that the development of these nuclear technologies would strengthen Nigeria’s position as one of the leading economies of the African continent,” the envoy told journalists in Abuja at a roundtable on the bilateral engagements between both countries in 2017.

Udovinchenko disclosed that Nigeria and Russia’s partnership on development of nuclear technologies started in 2009 when the two countries reached an agreement on cooperation and establishment of the technology in Nigeria. He said this year intergovernmental agreements were signed for a research centre and also to construct nuclear power plants. He therefore hailed the “smooth” implementation of the nuclear technology agreement as it had developed over the years.