Senior Nuclear Security Officer, IAEA, Mr Robert Larsen, said at a National Training Course on Nuclear Security for the Uranium Extraction Industry in Abuja on Monday that the exploration of uranium in Nigeria does not pose any threat to global security. Larsen said, “I don’t think so; I have no reason to believe that at all. As a matter of fact I believe Nigeria is a good nuclear partner and that is why the agency is here to see how we can assist in uranium extraction.” Bolstered by the position of the international nuclear watchdog, the Federal Government indicated that it would commence moves to generate electricity from nuclear materials, particularly through the exploration, exploitation and utilisation of uranium. It was part of the effort to clear the way for the attainment of the goal that the Federal Government brought in top experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency to conduct a week-long training for nuclear practitioners and security officers in the country on the extraction, exploitation and utilisation of the substance. At the ceremony, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said that it was imperative for the country to exploit available resources in order to meet its power needs. Fayemi, was represented by a Deputy Director in the ministry, Mr. Wuyep Karnap.

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